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Week of January 1 - 7> 1990 inclusive 

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Sunday, January 1, 19^0 Cloudy 

History waved its t± r honored wand at the stroke 
of midnight and ushered in a new half century. To some it 
was an occasion to celebrate with noise and gaiety. But to 
our old Inn which in the course of two hundred and sixty years 
has already witnessed the beginning and end of several centuries 
and two half century jears, there was nothing to shout about. 
It remained calm &u^ serene under a cold, grey Winter sky and at 
midnight deep silence reigned around this old-fashioned quaint 
abode. Only the dim light from the outside lamps brightened 
the path for old Father Time, Inside, as the tall grandfather 
clock standing like a sentinal struck twelve, a burning ember 
in the fireplace, a symbol of the past fifty years, flickered 
and went out. 

Monday, January 2, 19f?0 Fair 

The various books put out by Duncan Hines sold 
very well during the summer months. They are called "Good 
Eating" (in which the Wayside Inn appears), "Lodging for a 
Night" and "Goou Cooking? Now another one, in an attractive 
green cover, has been added to the list called "Vacation Guide". 
On the front cover it says: "Good places to spend an enjoyable 
vacation, winter or summer, spring or fall." Every state in 
the Union is represented, as well as Canada, Mexico, Cuba, 
Jamaica > and three hotels are recommended on 3t. Croix, one of 
the Virgin Islands. It is a very informative book and should 
be a good seller. If one can not actually go to all these 
fasinating places one can sit at home and travel there in 
imagination for only a dollar seventy-five. 

Tuesday, January 3, 19$Q Pleasant 

At long last we have found tine to examine with 
more thought and care the large number of greeting cards 
which came to the Inn family at Christmas time. Here is a 
card with printed Christmas Benediction from the Bishops' 
House at Concord, New Hampshire, And this cheery bright 
card with gayly colored Christmas bells is from our Post- 
mistress. A lovely religious card with reproduction of 
Botticelli's painting of the Madonna of the Magnificat is 
from Anthony Angelico, one of our favorites of the Boys School. 



Week of January 1-7, 195>0 inclusive 

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Tuesday, January 3, 1950 (continued) 

Our Neighbor, Mr. Fountain of the Graycroft Cabins sent a 
very conservative type of card with a "thank you" note. 
Poinsettias decorate the greeting from Staramy, a former 
dining room girl of whom we are very fond. And here is one 
from San Francisco wishing us a Merry Christmas and Happy 
New Year and signed Spiro Kite - another boy from the school. 
Going over these cards is like a kind of Re-union with friends 
of the Wayside Inn gathered around the warm hearth of the 
Bar room fireplace. 

Wednesday, January h, 19^0 Warm 

The unprecedented warmth of these first days of 
the New Tear has caused grass to grow green, buds to swell 
and many people say flowers of various kinds are blooming 
in their gardens, r/e can boast of a few hardy little snow- 
drops. Mr. Coulter has been looking for this first of the 
perennials since Christmas. Today he pointed them out, 
;rowing just outside the Old Kitchen windows, very straight 
and hugging closely to the stem, to be sure, but the white of 
the blossom could be plainly seen. Another warm day like 
this one will bring them wholly out. 

Thursday, January 5>> 1950 Pleasant 

An attractive child's book, much thumbed and worn 
by an eight ye*r old who lives in the mid-Vest, has been 
thumbed and read again by the hostesses. The book is called 
"Little John of New England" and in it is a pacture of 
Longfellow's Bed-room at the Wayside Inn. A visit to the Inn 
is described and the author says that when travelling in New 
England there are three memory collections one might make. 
One would be a collection of famous authors, another of famous 
schools and another of famous historic spots. Of course, the 
Inn comes into the last category and we find the old ..afer iron 
which hangs in the Bar-room mentioned. Also the Hutch table. 
iV'e often wonder just how far our little candle sheds its light 
and after hearing how much this little book means to the eight 
year old way out there near Chicago we know that it goes many, 
many miles. 

Week of January 1-7, 19£0 inclusive 
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Friday, January 6, 19!>0 Rain 

A wedding dinner in honor of the forthcoming 
marriage of Mr, John Corbett and Miss Wynne of Sudbury, 
took place in the Old Dining Room this evening. Thirteen 
members of the family and of the bridal party were seated 
at one long table. A Roast Beef dinner was enjoyed by all. 

The Van Cise family from New Jersey spent the 
night at the Inn. Their daughter is to be a bridesmaid at 
the Wynne wedding to be held in Wayland on Saturday. 

The Wynnes are new comers to Sudbury and we 
sincerely hope they will become Wayside Inn friends. 

Saturday, January 7» 19$8 Fair - Cold 

The weather has been warm and spring like for 
the past few days,* however, snow flurries appeared this 
morning, followed by colder winds and sunshine this after- 

Mr. and Mrs. Williams from Holliston, long time 
wayside Inn friends, drove to the Inn for luncheon today. 

Six members of the "Ice Capades" now appearing 
at the Boston Garden paid us a short visit this afternoon. 
Accompanied by Mr. Gorman of the Garden and guided by 
Miss Fisher, they were taken on a tour of the Inn. All 
were enthusiastic about the Inn and enjoyed their short 


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Sunday, January 8, 19£0 Very Cold 

Our house guests were not in the usual happy 
mood as they bid us farewell this morning, Mr. Van Cise 
who went over to the parking space before breakfast to 
start the motor of his car found one very, very flat tire. 
He right then and there had to pull out his spare and in 
zero temperature, change the tire. About an hour later 
Mr. and Mrs. Tillbury were about to make their departure 
with bags and baggage when lo and behold, Mr. Tillbury 
discovered a flat tire on his car. Both couples were 
delayed and left hurridly without the customary smiles 
and handshakes. 

A wedding anniversary, celebrated one week late, 
was the occasion for a very happy party in the old dining 
room this evening. The anniversary couple were Mr. and 
Mrs, H. E. Adams from Westboro and this is their forty-fifth 
married year. Another couple, who have been close friends 
all through the years were here with them, to offer congrat- 
ulations and best wishes. 

Monday, January 9, 1950 Coli 

Tw> of our neighbors, Mrs. Caldwell and Mrs. 
Temple-; entertained another neighbor, Mrs. D' Olive, at tea 
today. The latter has just bought the house recently 
vacated by the Crelleys. 

Mrs. Temple, who lives across the street, 
invited her to tea as a gesture of friendliness to a 


Week of January 8 - lit, 1°£0 inclusive 

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Friday, January 13, 1°!?0 Rain 

A freezing rain covered the ground today and 
made travelling very hazardous, however, school was in 
session at the Mary Lamb School and the children enjoyed 
their weekly dancing lesson at the Inn. 

The Wayside Inn family are looking forward to 
the annual Dniversalist Ministers 1 Retreat, which will 
begin a week from next Sunday. This year, as in years 
gone past, the ministers plan one evening's entertainment, 
which includes an invitation for all Inn employees. A 
square dance is planned this year with all the ladies 
of the Inn being invited as dancing partners for the 
ministers. The ladies are delighted! 

Saturday, January lit, 1°£0 Fair - .iarm 

Professor Schell, accompanied by a photographer, 
arrived at the Inn early this morning to take pictures 
for their 2f>th anniversary volume. 

Professor Schell and a group of twelve men have 
made the Inn their head quarters for a series of winter 
business meetings for the past twenty-five years. This 
anniversary volume will contain many interesting pictures 
of the Inn and of the men in Professor Schell' s group. 

The picture taking continued until late after- 
noon, after which the men were seated for dinner in the 
Old Dining Room. 

A short business meeting followed in the 
Old Kitchen. 

Week of January 15 - 21, 1950 inclusive 
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Sunday, January 15, 1950 Pleasant 

Speaking of Mr, Ford, one of our dinner guests 
today) Mr. Frederick S. Snyder, recalled a meeting of the 
American Meat Institute held in New York many years ago. 
He said that as National Chairman of the above organization ) 
he presided at a gathering of 2000 people in the Waldorf 
Astoria Hotel, It was held in honor of some American 
Pioneers. Mr. Edison was there and Mr. Firestone and Otis 
Skinner) the famous acto^gave a reading. Mr. Snyder 
recalled, more vividly, a recent party at which he was 
the honor guest celebrating his 82nd birthday. He was 
formerly president of the well known meat firm In Boston, 
Batchelder and Snyder* 

Monday, January 16, 1950 Pleasant 

At about four o 1 clock Rev. and Mrs. John Copp 
of South Sudbury came with their three children, David, about 
nine and the twins Barry and Bryan, about five years of age. 
Another minister, Rev. John V* Johannader and his wife came 
with the Gopps to see the house. Their little girl, Nancy 
Elizabeth was with the Johannaders and being too small to walk 
was carried in turn by different members of the group. David 
said he wanted them to see two things, the gun over the fire- 
place in the Bar-room and the clock spit in the Old Kitchen. 
A complete tour of the Inn was taken, including Jerusha and .7 
Garden. The two ministers were students at Boston University, 
doing graduate work, at- one time ^and had planned this meeting 
of their families then. Rev. Johannader is minister of the 
Methodist Church in Westport, Massachusetts. 


Week of January 1$ - 21, 1°£0, inclusive 
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Tuesday, January 17, l°i>0 Pleasant 

One of our old, old boys, not old in years but 
in length of time since graduation from the Boys School, 
returned recently to renew Wayside Inn friendships. Frank 
Calvert graduated twenty-four years ago and then went to 
Detroit. He worked as a chemist in the Ford Company and 
continued his education at night schoolvfinally achieving 
a college degree. He told us that he is now with a Soy Bean 
Company in Cincinnati and has the supervision of fifty men. 
Frank is married and has two children. He was on business 
in Boston and for the first time since leaving the school 
was able to visit the familiar scenes of his boyhood. He 
walked slowly through all the rooms of the Inn asking about 
certain pieces of furniture and spent quite a long time in 
the Ball-room. Not many who are here now knew Frank Calvert, 
but Kiss Condon, Miss Staples and Mr. Coulter remember him 
as one of the finest and brightest boys ever to attend 
our school. 

Wednesday, January 18, 1950 Cold - Windy 

Today the f ireescape on the third floor was com- 
pleted and on the door of the linen room appears this sign, 
"Emergency Exit". This is a very necessary precaution 
which, it is sincerely hoped, will never to nut in practice. 

A letter from Dr. Etz arrived giving the list of 
the ministers who will be coming this year to the U8th 
Annual Retreat. There are seventeen in all and two new 
names have been added to take the place of the two who 
passed away during the year, Dr. van Schaick and Dr. Huntley. 
They will be greatly missed by the other ministers as well 
as by the Inn family. Ho one can take their places. We 
shall also miss Dr. Etz, himself, who says he is unable to 
attend but may drop in on Tuesday to say "hello" to the 
Fraters and" to keep up his attendance record. " 

Week of January 15 - 21, 1950 inclusive 
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Thursday, January 19, 19f>0 Pleasant 

Mrs. 0' Toole is in "hiding" again from the cares 
and duties of her large florist shop in Waltham. Once in 
a while she comes to the Inn loaded down with a brief case 
filled with bills and other business papers. She spends 
two or three days here getting things straighte*aed out in 
the quiet of her room, "I simple can not get away from 
the telephone and other interruptions when I am at the shop 
or even at my home" she said today. In between her working 
periods, Mrs. O'Toolejwho is tall and very beautiful, gives 
us a few glimpses of her philosophy on life. She believes 
in living a purely Christian life and making it bright and 
gay and worthwhile for other people. More than that, by 
her very presence, she creates an inspiring spirit of loving 
kindness whenever she enters the room. 

Friday, January 20, 1950 Pleasant 

Mrs. Olive Anson Jenks, a former hostess at the 
Inn, entertained a group of sixteen friends at dinner 
this evening. The fire burned brightly on the hearth, as 
a long table was attractively set for the group. A delicious 
dinner consisting of Fruit Juice, Fricassee of Chicken on Rice 
and our famous Baked Indian Pudding with Ice Cream was served. 
After dinner Mrs. Jenks r took her friends on a tour of the Inn, 
which was enjoyed by all. 

Saturday, January 21, 1950 Fair-Cold 

This is one of the coldest days we have had for 
quite some time and few people ventured out today. However, 
Mr. E. A. Thompson from the Liberty Mutual Insurance Company 
in Boston brought eight cold and hungry men to the Inn for 
dinner this evening. The fires were burning brightly in the 
Bar Room, the Vmshlngton Dining Room and the Old Kitchen and 
after toasting their toes in front of all three fires they 
remarked" life have been on an all "-day tour of Boston, Concord 
and Lexington and these warm fires are the most pleasing thing 
we have seen all day." 

Week of January 22 - 28, 19£0 inclusive 
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Sunday, January 22, 1°£0 Stoow 

This is our big story of the year. It is annual. 
It always begins on the third Sunday of January when the 
Fraters arrive for their yearly Retreat at the Wayside Inn. 

This is the forty-eighth Retreat. It began with 
the arrival of the Reverend Max Kapp of Canton, New York. 
He preached in his old parish of Fitchburg, Massachusetts 
this morning and arrived here in time for dinner. W I want 
you to note that I am positively the first to come", he said. 
There is a tradition that the first to be here must continue 
to be the first and no one shall precede him. Tears ago 
there was always a race between Dr. Hammett and Dr. Tomlinson. 
But today there was no compeition. Dr. Kapp was first. When 
Dr. Lalone, coming in later, was informed of this he said, 
n Yes, of course, Max probably slept do-rri the road a piece last 
night and was waiting at the gate when it opened this morning I" 

And so the Fraters are full of their usual good 
humor this year as in the past. There are, however, several 
shadows hovering over them which are not seen but felt when 
there is a gathering of the "boys'' around the old fireplaces 
or at the familiar dining table. One is the loss of dear 
Dr. Huntley who passed away a very short time ago and another 
is the absence of Dr. Btz whose activities have been curtailed 
by a serious illness during the past year. 

There are only seventeen men in session this year, 
three or four less than usual and by ten o'clock when they were 
called by the Prior for Devotions in the Old Kitchen, almost 
all of the "forty-eighters" were here. Fred Leining who is 
known as the "landlord" had arrived from New York state and 
Wallace Fiske was in his accustomed place from Hartford, Connecti- 
cut. Dr. Lalone is occupying John Van Schaick r s room on the 
second floor, the Garden room - "And while I like to occupy it 
for sentimental reasons" said Frater Lalone, "it makes me feel 
very sad." Thus the Fraters come - - and go. "#hen they come 
they bring joy and gladness and when they leave it is with the 
same happy spirit. The Inn is a richer and better place for 
their being here. 



Week of January 22 - 28, 1950 inclusive 

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Monday, January 23, 1950 Pleasant 

Today's mail brought a letter with the heading, 
Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Department 
of Justice. Attached to it is a "partial list of the serial 
numbers and denominations of the currency stolen in the 
armed robbery of Drink's Inc. on January 17, 1950. Part of 
the letter signed by E. A, Soucy, Special Agent in Charge, 

"It would be appreciated if you would bring this 
list to the attention of all members of your staff with the 
request that they be particularly alert to any attempt to 
pass any of these bills." 

It is very doubtful if any of this money is passed 
in here but we certainly would like to be able to help solve 
the mystery of this robbery. 

The Ministers' Retreat has started in earnest, 
Rev. Hoyt, Dr. Kapp and Dr. Lalone were the speakers at the 
three meetings held through out the day. The subjects are 
mostly on Universalism, the Problem of Evil and a review of 
Niebuhr'8 "Faith and Order". The evening closed with Devotions 
at ten o'clock but it is rumored that the fun of fellowship 
and the meeting of brilliant minds goes on into the wee sma" hours< 

Tuesday, January 2h, 1950 Rain 

The official program of the Retreat scheduled a 
business meeting this morning at nine o* clock. This was 
followed by "Devotions" and then a book reviewof "Tears 
of the Modern." After luncheon there is always a "Guiet 
Time" which lasts about an hour. The next formal session 
was at four o'clock when Dr. Gus Leining reviewed "Psychiatry 
and Religion" by Liebman. Dinner was at six-thirty. 

Interspersed among the regular sessions were 
informal discussions and the usual joshing and fun making. 
Several sent post-cards back home to shut-in parishioners 
and others talked to Dr. Ellsworth Reamon about the fire in 
his church. "Did the church burn down?" they asked. "No, 
churches always burn up", replied Frater Reamon. Reverend 



Week of January 22-28, 19$0 inclusive 

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Tuesday, January 2U* 193>0 (continued) 

Albert Zeigler arrived today from Soraerville to take the place 
of Dean Ellenwood who was called home by the death of his 
brother-in-law. During the afternoon a copy of the account 
of Paul Revere *s Ride which wasmade by Paul Revere himself, 
Yi&s brought out from the Inn files and read to a group of 
interested listeners by Max Kapp. When dinner time came the 
ministers were all hungry and filed into the dining room for 
a Roast Pork dinner. 

The official program stated that there would be 
Pictures and Square dancing on Tuesday evening. The pictures 
were shown at eight o'clock in the large Ball room and depicted 
the Fraters of 19h9 in search of the sheep in the field across 
the way. It was a moving picture and with Dr. Fred Leining as 
the Shepherd, the audience was taken to the Barn, Grist Mill, 
Chapel and Mary Lamb School house. The return to the Inn was 
made in a snow storm very realistically shown in the pictures. 
One could see and feel the little white flakes falling sofely 
and gently upon the Inn. The evening ended with Square 
dancing directed by Mr. Haynes who gave both Fraters and 
partners a very lively and Jolly time. The partners were 
provided by ladies of the Inn staff, hostesses, dining room 
girls and Miss Smith from the Kitchen. Mrs. MacMillan from 
the Housekeeping department was there and three housewives from 
the neighborhood. Mrs. Purdy proved to be a graceful dancer and 
entered into all the dances which included the Grapevine Twist, 
Life on the Ocean Yaves, Standard Quadrille and Virginia Reel. 

"Devotions" end the Fraters' day at ten o'clock but 
tonight because of the dancing, "Devotions* were not held until 
after eleven o'clock. Thus the second day of the Retreat program 
came to a close. 

Wednesday, January 25, 19^0 Cloudy 

Here we are before the blazing fire in the Old Kitchen 
where only a few hours ago the Fraters were bowed in prayer. On 
the last morning of their Retreat they hold a Communion Service 
at the long trestle table in this old pine sheathed room. How 
many words of joy and sorrow have been spoken here and stored 
away in the dark corners of this room! But they are secrets 
and we would not wish them to be told. 



Week of January 22 - 28, 1950, inclusive 

Wednesday, January 2$, 19 5& (continued) 

During the Communion Service the whole house was 
quiet and not a sound came from the Old Kitchen. The Fraters 
were in meditative mood when they re-appeared but soon went 
about their activities in the usual happy way. They began 
preparations for departure and a few good-byes were said before 
luncheon. Dr. Fiske took more pictures for his historical 
record of the Retreat and two or three went to the Country Store 
to purchase cheese. Dr. Hoyt came down from his room with brief 
case in hand ready to leave. "Can you get all your travelling 
accessories into that small bag?" he was asked. "Yes, indeed 11 
said Dr. Hoyt "but I suppose when the rest of you fellows come 
you always bring a few more things than you need hoping you will 
be invited to stay over a few days longer." 

Gradually they left, some taking the Bus and others 
going in private cars. Dr. Niles who is one of the "new" men 
was on his way to Lynn to see his aged father and mother before 
returning to New Tork state. The time of parting is always a 
bit sad and as we sit in this old room which has watched the 
coming and going of countless Fraters, we too are a little sad 
and in the fireplace we seem to see them all - the lively, 
bright, restless flames and underneath the slowly burning embers. 

Thursday, January 26, 19i?0 Very Warm 

The King's, frequent house guests from New Canaan, 
Connecticut, left early this morning to meet Mrs. King's 
sister at the North Station. She is Mrs. J. D. MacMillan 
and was coming from CEmpbellton, New Brunswick, to spend the 
night at the Inn and then drive on tomorrow to stay with the 
Kings in Connecticut. 

In the evening the Colbys came in to dinner. Mrs. 
Colby said she was so tired out from packing she just could . 
not cook a dinner for her husband. Saturday she is going on 
a trip to be gone about five weeks and Kiss Staples and Mrs. 
Calvin S&ith are going with her as far as &illiainsburc, 
Virginia. After a week there Miss Staples and Mrs. Smith will 
return ; and Mrs. Colby and another friend are driving down to 
Miarifr, Florida to stay a while and they they will "fly tc Cuba" J 
Mrs. <k>lby was quite enthusiastic about this part of the trip 
and very anxious to get where it is warm and sunny. 



Week of January 22 - 28, 1950 inclusive 

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Friday, January 27, 1950 Cloudy - 3arro 

Recent Guests 

Mr. and Mrs. Silliam Henry Harrison enjoyed luncheon 
at the Inn today. Kr. Harrison is the new "Director" of the ^ 
Fruitlands and aayside Museums in Harvard, Massachusetts. They 
Harrisons, formerly of iTashington, now live in an old house next 
to the Tea Room on the estate. They plan to make many improve- 
ments at the Museum. 

Mrs. J. De forest Ventor from Connecticut is spending 
a week at the Inn. Her son is a student at St. Mark's School 
for Boys in Southboro, so she divides her time between the school 
and the Inn. She is a very pleasing person and we hope to 
welcome her many more times to the Inn. 

Saturday, January 28, 1950 Rain - Cloudy 

Miss Staples, Itrs. John Colby and Mrs. Calvin Smith 
left at eight A. If. this morning for Williamsburg, Virginia. ^ 
We will be delighted, as we were last year, to hear of their 
many pleasant experiences at picturesque Williamsburg. 

Mr. and Mrs. .tilfred Allen, accompanied by two 
neighbors, enjoyed a Steak Dinner in the Old Dining ftooa 
this evening. Wilfred is a wayside Inn Boys School Graduate 
and proprietor of Allen's Country Store in Sudbury. Mr. Allen, 
his wife and four children are prosperous and happy. 



Week of January 29 - February h 9 1950 

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Sunday, January 29, 1950 Pair - Cold 

Among our dinner guests today cane Professor Chile, 
who just arrived in this country from Japan, Accompanied by 
an interpreter, Professor Chila enjoyed a tour of the Inn and 
dinner in the Old Dining Room. 

Bishop Wright, assistant to Arch-Bishop Cushing of 
Boston stopped at the Inn on his nay to Worcester and partook 
of a Roast Beef dinner. 

Mr. Wiles, a florist from Marlboro arrived tilth the 
flowers for the MacDonald-Parker wedding and also presented 
the hostesses each with a pink camellia which, were more than 
happy to wear. ^ Yr^ 

The marriage of Miss Ramona Mac Donald and Mr. Allen 
Parker of Hudson took place in the Martha-Mary Chapel at 
five-thirty. A reception for one hundred and twenty-five people 
followed in the large Ball room of the Inn. 

Monday, January 30, 1950 Warm 

Mrs. (Hover and her daughter Mrs. Rogerson from v .ay- 
land dropped in for luncheon today and we were very glad to 
see them again. Mrs. (lover is eighty-three years old and 
interested in all sorts of people and things. It is always 
a pleasure to have her here and apparently she enjoys the Inn. 
Mrs. Rogerson said that they were on a shopping tour several 
miles away when she asked her mother where she would like to 
have luncheon. Mrs. Glover did not hesitate, she said, "the 
Wayside Inn" quick as a flash. When leaving Mrs. GLover 
always has a cheery word and warm expression of appreciation 
for the Inn. 



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Tuesday, January 31, 195>0 Cloudy 

Hiss Knowlton from Grafton, Massachusetts was a 
charming little old lady who came recently for luncheona 
and told interesting stories about her mother who liwed at Dfr P /yv^V^ 
the Inn. Her mother was a Kiss Dadraan, later Mrs, Knowlton 
and her grandfather was Orin Dadman who took over the Inn 
after the death of Lyman Howe. The Dadmans lived here 
between 1862 and 1675> and permitted people to come in and 
look around* Miss Knowlton always enjoys coming to the 
old homestead and picturing her mother here as a little girl. 

Wednesday, February 1, 1950 Cloudy 

Many beautiful colored cards were received today 
from Miss Staples and Mrs. Colby, who are spending a week 
in Williamsburg, Virginia. Many lovely pictures of "period 
rooms" and elaborate flower arrangements. They are truly 
pretty enough to frame. We studied and enjoyed each and 
every one. 

We are always happy to welcome, if only for a 
few minutes, one of the Boys School Graduates. Today, the 
front door swung open wide and Leroy Benson greeted us with 
a friendly smile. Leroy lives in the near-by city of 
Marlborough and quite often stops in to inquire for his 
school-day friends. 

Thursday, February 2, 19$) Snow 

Three inches of snow fell today to enhance the 
rather bleak and brown countryside. Few people ventured 
out today, but Rev. Huffman and Rev. Baxter who are spend- 
ing a few days resting and studying at the Inn, decided to 
have a break from their studies by taking a walk in the snow. 

Rev. Baxter was interested to see Mr. Hamilton's 
name on our register and remarked, "Oh, Mr. Robert Hamilton 
from the Dearborn Inn." "I corresponded with him at the time 
of ray wedding and my wife and I spent our honeymoon at the 
Dearborn Inn." 

Week of January 29 - February k$ 1950 
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Friday, February 3, 1950 Pleasant 

Rev. and Mrs. Ashton and four-year old daughter 
traveled to the Inn today to view the Mary Lamb Pupils at 
their dancing class. 

Rev. Ashton, a guest of the Frators in January, 
enjoyed their square dancy party and also Mr. Haynes, so 
he decided to bring his family to the Inn to see Mr. Haynes 
and our square dance class today. 

Rev. Ashton 1 s fouivyear old daughter was so 
delighted, she immediately began teasing her mother to 
invite some neighborhood children in and to start a dancing 
class. We sincerely hope she succeeded. 

Saturday, February h 9 1950 Fair - Cold 

Miss Jean Harden and Mr. Robert Homes, Jr. from 
Newton exchanged marriage vows in the Martha-Mary Chapel. 
A wedding breakfast was served in the Old Dining Room of 
the Inn for the bridal couple and imniediate members of 
the family. 

A three o'clock wedding was held in the Chapel 
for Miss Betty Hicks of Fraraingham and Mr. Arthur Taylor 
of Poughkepsie. 

The bride was gowned in liiite taffeta with 
finger tip veil and carried a bouquet of white roses. 
The maid-of-honor wore a nile green taffeta gown and 
carried a bouquet of American beauty roses. 

A reception for forty people followed in the 
Large Ball Room. The bridal couple left for a wedding 
trip in Maine and New Hampshire. 

Week of February £ - U, 1950 inclusive 
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Sunday, February 5, 1950 Fair - Gold 

This being a sunny winter day, many people ventured 
out to the Inn for Sunday Dinner and for an afternoon enjoyably 
spent in front of the open fire in the Bar Room or the Old 
Kitchen. The ground, being free from snow, prompted many to 
walk their families or their girl friends down to the Grist Mill, 
or the School House and back again. 

Dr. and Mrs. Bell, accompanied by their two grand-sons, 
sat at their usual corner table on the Porch and partook of a 
Roast Beef Dinner. 

Kiss Frazier and her mother, who are freqent Inn guests, 
sat by the fire in the Old Dining Room and enjoyed their favorite 
Sunday Dish, Roast Turkey with all the fixings. Today Mackie 
made Chocolate Chiffon Pie topped with Whipped Cream and the 
Fraziers were delighted with this very tasty ending to a delicious 

Monday, February 6, 1950 Rain 

A great grandson of the 19th century writer Nathaniel 
Hawthorne, visited the Inn today for the first time and expressed 
pleasure at seeing his ancestor's picture hanging on the wall in 
the front hall. He announced however, that he thougfc we should 
have a better picture than the small engraving and proposed to 
send us one. We regret that we did not get the gentleman's full 
name but we do know that he is a Mr. Hawthorne and lives in 

Four ladies from what is called a Christian Center in 
Boston were dinner guests this evening and told us that it was 
a great treat to come to this old, quiet and peaceful house. 
"We see a pretty grim side of life" one of them said and added 
that they do all kinds of social work among seamen and their 
families. The Centers are supported by the Baptist Church. One 
of the ladies in the group is leaving soon for Colorado and this 
was a farewell party given for her by the other three missionaries. 



Week of February £ - 11, 1950 inclusive 

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Tuesday, February 7, 1°£0 Pleasant 

Two Swedish newspaper men and one member of the 
Swedish Skiing Team stopped for luncheon this noon on their 
way from Rumford, Maine where an International Ski meet was 
recently held. The Swedish gentleman finished first in the 
event which was originally scheduled for Lake Placid. Due 
to lade of snow it was necessary to transfer the meet to 

Mr. and Mrs. Howard V. Smith, Jr. are overnight 
guests and are an unusually friendly young couple. Mr. Smith 
is on a business trip in connection with the Brinks robbery 
and Mrs. Smith confided that she came along for a rest. "Tou 
see, we have adopted a baby which is due to arrive next week. 
I dont expect to get any rest after the baby arrives", she said. 

Rev. and Mrs. George Cadigan of Rochester, New York, 
are also staying overnight. They know the Inn well having 
been formerly in the parish of the Episcopal Church in 
Salem, Mass. 

Wednesday, February 5, 195>0 Pleasant 

We have been interested for a long time in Number 9 
Knox Street in Boston which is an eating place owned and 
operated by two young men by the name of Staples and Stanley. 
Mr* Stanley was here today and told us that he has a very tiny 
kitchen and serves dinner only. The capacity of the house is 
about twenty. Consequently his entire business is done by 
reservation and many are turned away every day. There is 
practically no selection of food, no long menu cards to ponder 
over. "I just prepare vegetables in season and a good salad 
and my soups are delicious" said Mr. Stanley today. He added 
that he has never had a complaint and that he has many repeat 
customers "even though I have raised my price to &&.00 a plate." 

Rev. and Mrs. Cadigan came bursting into the Bar-room 
this morning with lots of vim and vigor and rosy red cheeks. 
They had been skating on the Carding Mill pond. 



Tteek of February 5-11, 1950 inclusive 

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Thursday, February 9, 1950 Fair 

The National Greenkeeping Superintendents Associa- 
tion assembled at the Hotel Statler this week for their 
annual Turf Conference and Show. Today seventy— seven wives 
of the members came to the Inn for luncheon. It was a sight- 
seeing trip as well and three Gray Line buses took them first 
to Craigie House in Cambridge then through Lexington and 
Concord. *Vhen they finally arrived at the Inn they had good 
appetities and enjoyed their chicken pie and baked Indian 
Pudding. After looking through the house and signing the 
register they left for Boston by way of the Country Store. 

Friday, February 10, 1950 Fair 

The old Walker House, now owied by Mr. and Mrs. 
John Colby, has been written about in an article which 
appears this month in Tankee Magazine. Several pictures of 
the house accompany the reading matter which tells how it 
was purchased by its present owners and how they made it 
over to accomodate three people, Joan being the third 
person .when she is home from school. 

Miss Staples, by the way^has returned from her trip 
to Williamsburg and Mrs. Colby has gone on to Florida. Post 
cards keep us in touch with her progress and her delight in 
reaching sunshine st last and clear sparkling water to swim in. 

Just twelve children came to dancing class today, 
six boys and six girls - just the right number for a Virginia 
Reel. They also practised the waltz step very carefully and 
learned the fcltz Quadrille. 

Saturday, February 11, 1950 Pleasant 

A couple who looked very familiar to us dropped in 
for a friendly chat this afternoon and introduced us to their 
daughter a student at Pine Manor School. They were the Duryea 
family from Longmeadow, Massachusetts and interested in the 
Antique Automobile Association of America. The last time they 
came to the Inn, Mr. and Mrs. r urea arrived in an old Cadillac 
Victoria. They told about the last Glidden Tour which was 
laade in September to Williamsburg, Virginia. This year the 
Tour will go to Akron, Ohio to visit the Firestones. 

Week of February 5 - XI* 1°£0 inclusive 

Saturday, February 11, 1950 (continued) 

Fay School is having a mid-Winter festival and many 
of the parents are spending the week-end in Southboro and 
vicinity. Several fron Hew York have been assigned rooms here. 

Week of February 12 - 18, 1950 inclusive 
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Sunday, February 12, 19 £> Pleasant 

This being Lincoln's Birthday we were pleased to 
find in today's issue of the Boston Globe a large and fine 
picture of the Lincoln statue in Washington taken by our own 
Bill Cash. Bill is the boy who graduated from the Boys School 
with the determination to become a Newspaper reporter. He 
climbed the ladder and is now an able assistant to the Managing 
ikJitor of the Boston Globe. Hi are proud of Bill and his 
picture of Lincoln which, the caption tells us, was taken last 
August with a simple box camera aided only by bright noon day sun. 

Had a nice talk this morning with Dr. Tearcher from 
Westport, Connecticut overnight guest, who said he enjoyed a 
walk yesterday afternoon to the Mill and Country Store. "I 
enjoyed it because of the landscaping - or rather lack of 
landscaping. I like the way the surroundings have been left 
iii a natural state", he explained. 

Monday, February 13, 19^0 Warm 

A bashful young couple came into the house this 
afternoon and asked if they might go about and see the rooms. 
The young lady said that she remembered a lovely old kitchen 
and that she came here once when a very little girl. "I want 
to show my friend that kitchen B she said as they started 
looking around. Later we discovered that these "children" had 
come all the way from Banbury, Connecticut on this Winter day 
just to see the Wayside Inn and "that old kitchen". 

Reverend and Mrs. John E. Wood with two friends were 
dinner guests this evening. It was not very long ago that 
Mr. Wood was here as a member of the Fraters group. He is one 
of the "young" ones. 



Week of February 12-18, 1950 inclusive 

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Tuesday, February lij, 1950 Pleasant 


Several members of the Dupont family. They 
registered as follows: 

Mr. and Mrs. A. Felix Dupont, Jr. 
Michael Dupont 
Richard C. Dupont, Jr. 
William Dupont 

Miss Ellen C. Rice, housemother from the Perkins 
Institution for the Blind v who worked in our canning kitehen 
when our own fruits and vegetables were preserved for use in 
the dining rooms. 

Commander Sherry, a handsome blonde and distinguished 
looking gentleman, who admired the antiques and spoke of the 
Revolutionary musket. This was his first visit to the Inn. 

Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Duryea and daughter Jane from 
Longmeadow, Mass. Mr. Duryea is the son of the famous manu- 
facturer of the Stevens-Duryea automobile. 

Mr. G. Holden Green, Reconstruction Advisor 
specialising in early New England houses. 

Wednesday, February 15, 1950 Rain 

A Miss Doran came this evening to make arrangements 
for her wedding to be held on June 10th in the Martha-Mary 
Chapel. Now we have many brides who come for the same purpose 
but Mrs. Flint described this bride-to-be as especially "cute" 
and attractive. She and her Mother were very enthusiastic about 
the Inn and Chapel as a lovely setting for the wedding. "My 
goodness", said Mother "I only wish that I could have been 
married here!" 

Mr. Colby who is keeping bachelor's quarters while 
his wife is enjoying the warm sunshine in Florida, is a more 
frequent guest these days than usual. He comes in at least 
once a week for dinner and tonight called our attention to 
the recent article in Yankee magazine which tells the story 
of his house. The Colbys, vs we have mentioned many times 
before, live in the old talker house on Peakham Road. The 
article is accompanied by several good pictures showing exterior 
and interior views. 


Week of February 12-18, 19^0 inclusive 

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Thursday, February 16, 1950 Cloudy - Rain 


Mrs. Grazier after Sunday dinner: "The chocolate 
chiffon pie was out of thia Abrld". 

The Smiths when leaving. "It was just like being 
at home. In fact, it was nicer than being at home J" 


Man from German: W I was in Germany day before 
yesterday. Just flew over and wish I could stay 
right here at this old Inn." 

Bev. Edward J. Riley on stormy day: "I guesss I 'm 
making history as one of the few who stopped at 
the Wayside Inn today." 

Mr. Miller, luncheon. B I know the food is good 
here. My wife^who comes from way out west told me 
to be sure and stop here. I was brought up in 
New England but have never been here before. 

Guest on tour: "You can put a sign on this place 
"Approved by Robinson - that's me." 

Friday, February 17, 1950 Snow Flurries 

This was a typical "winter day" with heavy black 
clouds hovering overhead and occasional snow flurries. 

Mr. Alexander Phillips from Attleboro, Massachu- 
setts^ an engineer for the Raytheon Company^ has been our 
guest for several days. He has recently purchased three 
acres of land on the Marlboro Road and intends to build a 
house to the land in the early spring. The house, Vr, Phillips 
explained, will be U shaped and constructed with cinder blocks. 

A small wedding took place this evening in the 
Martha-Mary Chapel. 

Twelve members of the immediate families were in 
attendance while the bridal coupe from Holliston, Massachu- 
setts exchanged their marriage vows. 

Week of February 12-18, 1950 inclusive 

Saturday, February 18, 1°£0 Cloudy 

The Inn welcomed several so-called "old timers" 
today and among them were Kiss Frazier and her mother. 
They sometimes visit us two or three times a week, but no 
matter how often they appear, they always bring the same 
happy smiles and are most cordial to &rery one. It is 
indeed a pleasure to greet them. 

Mr. and Mrs. alliens enjoyed luncheon in the 
Old Dining Room this noon. Mr. Williams has recently 
been quite ill but before his illness he was a frequent 
guest at the Inn and often brought groups for an Old 
Kitchen Dinner. 

Mr. Whitman from Marlboro brought a lady 
friend to dinner. Mr. Whitman has spent many happy hours 
at the Inn and has planned many family parties here. 

The Freshman Class of the Anna Maria College 
in Marlboro held an informal dance in the Ball Room this 
evening. The dance was appropriately entitled "Snow Dance". 
Bright colored paper snow drops and school banners were 
used to decorate the room. A three-piece orchestra 
played dance music and an enjoyable time was had by all. 




of February 19 - 25, 1950 inclusive 

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Sunday, February 19, 1950 Cloudy - Rain 

During the early morning hours when all of Sudbury 
and the Wayside Inn in particular was quiet with sleep, a young 
student at Harvard College arose and started walking westward. 
He was on his way to the Wayside Inn. As a matter of fact he 
left Cambridge at quarter of five and walked most of the way to 
Sudbury. About nine o'clock he entered the Bar-room and like 
a traveller of old, sought first the warmth of the open fire. 
Then he ordered Breakfast. The hostess, who gave him a cordial 
welcome, recognized the young man as the nephew of Mrs. Ventor; 
who recently spent a week here from her home in Connecticut. 
On several occasions she entertained her nephew at dinner. Today 
our "early bird" told of his desire to come to the Inn again and 
of his unusual hike before Breakfast. 

Two small boys were here for dinner today with their 
parents and we learned that they were brothers in spite of the 
fact that one of the boys was tall and blonde while the other 
was short and dark. The blonde kept tugging at his mother's 
arm and trying to lead her into the hall. "He wants to go to 
the Country Store for some Rock Candy" explained Mother. She 
told us that the boy was passionately fond of putting a big 
chunk of rock candy into his mouth and letting it dissolve 
there i At Christmas time they planned to put some of the old- 
fashioned sweet on the Christmas tree. They had made it at 
home. But young Johnny was suspicious and after peeking into 
several paper bags and boxes, he found the candy and "dissolved" 
it all before it reached the Christmas tree. 

Monday, February 20, 1950 Very Cold 

The talk of the town and elsewhere in New England 
has been about our mild Winter weather. But this morning the 
thenmometer went tumbling down to below zero and it didn't 
rise to any great extent all day. When Mr. Estabrook reported 
for duty at four o'clock this afternoon he greeted us with the 
news that the temperature was exactly zero. Consequently the 
fireplaces with brightly burning logs have been like magnets 
and have drawn our guests to them for comforting warmth. One 
such guest found the Inn a particularly welcome shelter after 
a drive from Stamford, Connecticut. He was Mr. Lagemann who 
will be staying here for the rest of the week. He described 
his trip in a new Lincoln "Cosmpolitan" as a very beautiful 



Week of February 19 - 2£, 19!>0 inclusive 

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Monday, February 20, 1950 (continued) 

drive through the snow-capped Connecticut hills. After putting 
his car under cover, Mr. Lagemann asked for an extra blanket 
and announced that he was going to bed. "I think it is the best 
place to be on a cold night like this" he said. 

Tuesday, February 21, 1950 Very Cold 

Another cold day, very cold ; and not many people are 
travelling around just for fun. We have had a few guests who 
were on their way from place to place for some special reason. 
However, our dinner guests this evening were here to celebrate 
a Birthday and bedding Anniversary. They were two couples from 
Cambridge, the men being graduate students at Harvard. One of 
the young ladies was especially interested in the Inn and its 
furnishings and compared the early New England furniture with 
the furniture which is considered "antique" in Hawaii. She had 
lived there before coming to this part of the Iforld and said 
that a few old pieces of furniture have survived the termites 
in Honolulu. These she described as English Victorian. In 
speaking of our hand-nade utensils she said that not only good 
workmanship was displayed but also a generous share of "moral 
fibre" went into their making. 

Wednesday, February 22, 1950 Snow 

We are really getting Winter in a very generous dose. 
Making up for lost time, so the news commentators tell us. 
Slowly we are being buried in snow. 

Being a holiday we welcomed more than the average 
number of guests for this time of year. Most of the guests 
today came to partake of our holiday dinner which was topped 
off with cherry pie. And our Boast Beef was especially well 
liked by two young ladies from England. They had the usual 
British accent and when asked how they would like to have their 
Roast Beef cooked, one of them exclaimed "Why, jolly well done 
of course!" 


Week of February 19 - 25, 19£0 inclusive 

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Wednesday, February 22, 195>0 (continued) 

Someone spotted a large brown bird walking or rather 
strolling towards the old-fashioned garden this afternoon. 
Others ran to the window and discovered a hen pheasant seeking 
food and shelter in the midst of the snow-storm* Soon another 
bird appeard and one followed another until nine were counted. 
But in a few minutes we had lost sight of them. They had 
nestled down in the snow under trees and bushes. 

Thursday, February 23, 1950 Snow 

There is not much to report today regarding the 
guests. They were few and far between due to the fact that the 
storm continues. There is sleet and rain intermingled with snow 
and over all is the lower than freezing temperature. This makes 
travelling very uncomfortable and really dangerous. Mr. Lagemann, 
our house—guest of the week, stay-in-doors until this afternoon w 
when he walked half-way up Mt. Nobs cot. Upon arrival at the house 
of Mr. Hurlburt who owns the apple orchard, he found the family 
at home laying some linoleum on the kitchen floor 1 They were most 
cordial, he said, and with a smile added that they invited him to 
take off his coat and help with the work! He declined as gracious- 
ly as possible and returned through the snow to the comfort of his 
own room on the third floor of the Inn. We are enjoying Mr. 
Lagemann very much and glad he is here to keep us company during 
the storm. 

Friday, February 2U, 1950 Pleasant 

Hr. Walter Lagemann, a guest at the Inn for nearly 
a week, has told us many interesting stories of his travels 
about the country. 

Yesterday, Mr. Lagemann flewto Baltimore, but returned 
today, for a special engagement in vitorcester. 

A glance at today's paper and we soon learned the 
answer. It was to be an engagement party for Mr. Lagejaannjj 
nephew Mr. Peter Jay Lagemann, son of Mr. Eric Lageiman of Englewood, 
New Jersey, to Miss Dorothy Alton, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin 
Harrison Alton of Worcester. Hiss Alton was graduated from Dana Hall, 
and from Finch Junior College. Mr. Lagemann was graduated from 
Phillips Academy, Andover and is a senior at Yale University. 

Uleok of February 19 - 2£, 19^0 incl. 

Saturday, February 2£, 1950 Fair -Cold 

The table in the "Old Kitchen" was attractively 
set this afternoon with the red and white checked table 
cloth and place settings for twelve. A fire burned brightly 
on the hearth and everything was in readiness for the dinner. 

This was to be the bridal dinner of Grace YSilbur 
{fells and Lewis Alexander Scannnell who were married this 
morning in Worcester. 

They are an elderly couple, but quite gay and 
very spry. 

After a brief wedding trip the couple will 
reside at 122 Morningside Road in Worcester. 



Week of February 26, 1950 - March k, 19$0 

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Sunday, February 26, 195>0 Pleasant 

This was a very pleasant Winter day but still 
extremely cold. Not many people ventured out for Sunday 
dinner. Mr, and Mrs. W. Prichard Browne of New Canaan, 
Connecticut are spending the week-end here in order to be 
near their son who is a Sophomore at Harvard College. Their 
home is in a beautiful country section of Connecticut where 
the nights are quiet and still. "That's why I like to stay 
here" said Mrs. Browne, "It is quiet and I can sleep." 

Sunday afternoons these days are becoming popular 
for wedding couples-to-be. They come to the Inn to ask 
about arrangements for weddings in the Martha-Mary Chapel 
and wedding receptions at the Inn. Sometimes the fathers and 
mothers come too and other members of the family. If they 
decide to make the Inn the setting for their wedding, hostesses 
are kept busy writing down details and making pertinent suggestions. 
Most of the weddings are scheduled for June. 

Monday, February 27, 1°$0 Pleasant 

The Sudbury Enterprise now runs a weekly column 
entitled Wayside Inn Briefs. In last week's issue the 
following headlines appeared: "Enjoys this newspaper in 
California." Loy Bancroft, formerly of Sudbury and Bill 
Elder send greetings." Evidently, Mr. Bancroft, a former 
cook at the Wayside Inn and Bill Elder, a student at the 
Wayside Inn Boys School, met out in California and had a fine 
time chatting and recalling the days before the war. Bill is 
living in Los Angeles and Mr. Bancroft is in fiemet, California, 
is vice-commander of the Legion Post and as chairman of the 
annual Army Feed was to cover all the details together with 
being the cook on that day. Seven hundred and fifty veterans 
were expected to attend the outing -which was held on March Iith. 

Tuesday, February 28, 19f& Partly Cloudy 

Our neighbors Mr. and Mrs. Winfield Temple have been 
entertaining Mr. Temple's son from Ohio and brought him to the 
Inn this morning for Breakfast. 



Week of February 26 - March h, 1950 incl. 

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Tuesday, February 28, 1950 (continued) 

Professor Schell invited his Waysiders group to the 
Inn this evening for one of their regular dinner meetings. 
There were thirteen men in attendance. After dinner, Bill 
Clapp, one of the oldest members, gave a talk in the 01M Kitchen 
on Panama. Also a professional photographer was present to 
continue taking pictures of the members against typical Wayside 
Inn backgrounds. These will be incorporated inthe 25th anniversary 
souvenier booklet which Professor Schell is having made up for 
the occasion. This t enty-fi fth year has seemed to stimulate a 
lot of interest in the group) and they are going forward with 
re-newed enthusiasm. ./, -W„ 

Wednesday, March 1, 1950 Pleasant 

A poem by Dana ft. Akers appearing a few days a go 
in some newspaper, was brought to our attention. It is called 
"Who Love Old Houses" and the following lines are quoted because 
they so aptly describe the Wayside Inn* 

"And when the night and lashing storm unfold 
Their sombre cloak above my wayside inn, 
Fancy will bring the sound of wheel and hoof, 
And long-gone guests alighting on the drive, 
To claim the s heifer of the ancient roof 
Once more, the shadowy hall will seem alive 
With unseen forms - while laughter, clink of coin 
And boastful tale disperse the taproom's chill 
There may be casual mention of Burgoyne 
Braddock and Lafayette >w£le lackeys fill the 
pewter mugs." 

Thursday, March 2, 1950 Pleasant 

Miss Fisher returned today from a ten days vaca- 
tion. Part of it was spent in Kennebunkport, Maine where 
she helped in settling her brother's estate. He died about 
three weeks ago. The rest of the vacation Miss Fisher spent 
in Boston with her sisters. 

There has been considerable interesting activity 
among our neighbors, some pleasant and some otherwise. Mrs. 
D* Olive who lives in the next house beyond the Country Store 
fell down the cellar stairs and broke her left arm and 

Week of February 26 - March U, 19f>0 

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Thursday, March 2, 19f?0 (continued) 

sprained one ankle. She lives alone and is having difficulty 
getting her oim meals etc. More cheerful news is that Mr. and 
Mrs. Caldwell whose home is the old Southwest schoolhouse are 
leaving tomorrow for a five week's stay in Europe. They are 
flying over from Boston. John Colby is flying to Miami tomorrow 
night where he will join his wife and motor home from there. 

Friday, March 3, 19#> Very Cold 

Under the guidance of Mrs. Hugh Hare of West Newton, 
thirty-five ladies came for luncheon today arriving in a 
Gray Line bus shortl; before one o'clock. They were the wives 
of a group of 5-Ray specialists now convening in Boston and as 
delegates from the Eastern States were guests of the New England 
Radiologists. As the day was very cold the ladies were glad to 
get into the house and some of them stood by the fireplaces 
until the call for luncheon was heard. Upon finishing their meal 
of Broiled Haddock with lobster sauce, topped off with Indian 
Pudding and Ice Cream, the ladies were taken through the house 
by Miss Staples. Some of them stopped for a moment at the door 
of the large ballroom where Mr. Kaynes was conduct-mc his 
dancing class and the intricacies of the Heel and Toe Polka. 

Saturday, March k» 1950 Pleasant 

Of the four pianos at the Inn two are Chickering* s, 
another was made by Chickering and Mackay and another was made 
by A. Babcock for G. D. Mackay of Boston. The Chickering Company 
is still making its fine pianos and ran an advertisement in last 
Sunday's Herald i&ich said in large type M Do you know?" Under- 
neath was a facsimile of a newspaper clipping of May 2U, l8Ui 
telling about a concert given by Ole Bull. Then the advertisement 

"Tickets for the Ole Bull concert were sold 
at 11.00 each, Jonas Chickering, a prominent 
piano manufacturer in Boston since 1523, was 
in charge of the sale of tickets. " 



Week of March $ - 11, 1950 inclusive 

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Sunday, March £, 19$0 Partly Cloudy 

We nere surprised at noon time to see Mrs* Robert King 
from New Canaan, Connecticut -with her sister Mrs. J. D. MacMillan 
and Mr. King. The Kings Hill accompany Mrs. Mac MLllan to the 
North Station in Boston this evening -where she id.ll take a train 
for her home in Hova Scotia. Then Mr. and Mrs. King will return 
here to spend the night. 

A very nice elderly lady kept the rest of her family 
waiting at the door this afternoon while she came over to the 
Bar and told the hostess - "I feel like saying » Good-bye' to some one- 
it's so nice to have seen this lovely old house." 

The young fry are much in evidence on Sunday. Today 
we entertained a little girl of about seven years who was minus 
one of her front teeth. We should have said that she entertained 
us - and a good many other guests. She described in detail Just 
how she had pulled the tooth out and that "it did not go down 
the sink". 

Monday, March 6, 1<?£0 Pleasant 

This season is quiet also seens to be a season of 
change for the Inn staff as they come and go on their vacations. 
Lena has Just returned from spending about ten days with her 
brother in Norton. It is good to have her back. Agnes will 
be leaving in a few days to spend two weeks with her twin brother 
in Hew York where his daughter has found a position in a bank. 
Miss Staples has not been back from Williamsburg very long and 
Mrs. Flint is taking her vacation when her husband will be free 
from studies the last week in March. These people are planning 
to come back but Mrs. Makiywho has worked so faithfully in the 
kitchen for eighteen years > does not expect to return. Everyone 
in all departments will miss her but wish her the best of luck 
in her new undertaking. She is opening a small restaurant in 
the town of Maynard and is leaving the Inn a week from today. 



Week of March £ - 11, 1?£0 inclusive 

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Tuesday, March 7, 1950 Warmer 

The following were dinner guests this evenings 

Mr. and Mrs. Gillette - not of the safety razor 
family - but froia Boston and very old friends of the Inn. 
They chose Yankee Pot Roast from the menu and were seated 
at a table near the fireplace in the old dining room. 
After dinner they lingered to tell us about their children 
and grandchildren. 

Rev. and Mrs. Frank M. Cross, Jr. who have just 
come to Wellesley College where Mr. Cross has taken a 
teaching position. He teaches Bibical History. 

Mr. and Mrs. King from Fitchburg, who are also 
old friends and who talked about World affairs, the radio 
and where to get good food. "It is always good here" 
they said. 

A party of five with an elderly gentleman as 
host. He told us - "I like to take these young people 
out to dinner. It keeps me young and gives me a great 
deal of pleasure. 8 

Two gentlemen, one of whom is the Ford dealer 
in Salem, Mass. His territory also includes Beverly 
and Marblehead. He has been with the Ford Botor Company 
thirty years. 

Wednesday, March 8, 19^0 Pleasant 

A recent item in the Sudbury paper contained 
the engagement announcement of Mary Louise Foss of 
Sudbury to Mr. Edward C. Wynne, also of Sudbury. Mary 
has done summer waitress work at the Inn for several seasons. 

We sincerely hope Mary wiU choose our Martha— 
Mary Chapel for the ceremony, not only because of her connec- 
tion with the Inn, but because it is somewhat of a family 
tradition, for Mary^ two sisters were married in the Chapel. 



TSeek of March $ - 11, 1950 inclusive 

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Thursday, March 9, 1950 Pleasant 

■I have travelled a good deal in Concord", said 
Thoreau who had no desire to stray away from his native town. 
We may have had the desire, but we have never been Tery far 
from the Vfctyside Inn. Tet we have travelled. We have felt 
the warmth and culture of India in talking with a gentle- 
voiced Indian, The shops of Paris have displayed their 
finery right here in the very Parlor of the 3ayside Inn. Vfe 
have walked through the tulip gardens of Holland with 
Hollanders. Aisd once we flew across the Atlantic in the 
"Spirit of St. Louis" with Charles Lindbergi How often we 
have wandered in imagination with our guests I They have 
taken us to remote islands and crowded London streets. 3e 
have chatted with a Swedish Prince. And here in our own 
country, we have been many times to California. Yes, we can 
understand how Mr. Thoreau felt / altho I his travels were of a 
different sort. His journeys were not geographical. They 
reached far into Nature's own world and into the hearts and 
lives of men. 

Friday, March 10, 1950 Pleasant 

Tro friends of long standing came for lunch today, 
Mrs. Stidger and Mrs. Oxnam. Mrs. Stidger is the wife of 
the late Dr. William Stidger of the faculty of Boston Univer- 
sity Theological School. He was a great friend and admirer 
of Mr. Ford. Mrs. Oxham's husband is the well-known Bishop 
G. Bromley Oxnam of the Methodist Church whose name appears 
frequently in the newspapers and is widely quoted on many 
subjects. The two ladies seemed most happy to be at the Inn 
as it holds so many pleasant memories for them both. 

Saturday, March 31, 1950 Cloudy 

The spring wedding season is in full swing today, 
with an afternoon ceremony scheduled to take place in the 
Martha-Mary Chapel and a reception for eighty people to 
follow at the Inn. 

The bride, Miss Bowman, was a stunning brunette. 
Her dark hair and lovely dark eyes provided an excellent 
contrast for her full length ivory satin gown. A finger-tip 
veil, caught to a crown of apple blossoms, made up her 
head-dress • 

Week of March 5 - 11, 1950 inclusive 

Saturday, March 11, 19^0 (continued) 

Her bridal bouquet consisted of a single white orchid and 
■white lilacs • Hiss Bowman f s maid-of-honor was gowned in 
frosted white organdy over nile green taffeta. Two brides- 
maids were gowned in identical organdy gowns, over pink 
taffeta. All wore flowers in their hair and carried bright 
dpring bouquets consisting of pink roses, yellow tulips 
african daisies, acacia and lavender lilacs. 

The beautiful bride, the colorful gowns, the 
gay spring flowers, the carefully arranged Buffet table 
and last, but by no means least, a towering white wedding cake- 
All combined to make this our first spring wedding a colorful 
and memorable occasion. 

Week of March 12 - 18, 19$0 inclusive 

Sunday, March 12, 195*0 Pleasant 

We were honored today by a visit from President 
Marsh of Boston University who was the guest of honor at a 
party given by the Reverend William R. Leslie of Brookline, 
Mass. Others in the group were Mrs. Marsh and Bishop J. Ralph 
Magee and his wife from the Chicago Methodist Temple. Also 
the Reverend J. Hosmer Magee and Mrs. Magee from Great Falls, 
Montana. Boston University, under the leadership of President 
Marshjhas undertaken a huge building and expansion program. 
Several new buildings have already been completed and tomorrow 
the Daniel Marsh Chapel will be dedicated. The University is 
observing its Founder's Day and the Boston Herald this morning 
carried a supplementary section devoted to it. Among some 
fine colored pictures of the new buildings, the class rooms and 
students is a large studio portrait of President Marsh. 

Monday, March 13, 19!?0 Snow 

Six men came for lunch in the midst of a snow storm. 
They did not seem to mind the snow and talked cars most of the 
time. They were with Mr. Dowd cf General 5<fc>tors in Framingham 
and two of them came from Toronto, Canada and another signed 
his name and residence as Derby, England. After a very 
hurried tour of the Inn, they went off in the snow. They did 
have time, however, to take a quick glance at the sap-bucket 
and easily recognized the signature of the Prince of Wales. 

Tuesday, March Hi, 1950 Pleasant 

Several ministers attending the Boston University 
Founder's Day Convocation were luncheon and dinner guests 

Brian P. Barr of Casablanca, MoroccOjWas here this 
afternoon for tea, bringing with him a very pretty young lady 
and also a strong British accent I Less spectacular was 
Mrs. 1 Toole who arrived at dinner time and went quietly to 
her usual room, the Garden room on the second floor of the 
Inn. Mrs. 0* Toole was armed with portfolio and several books 
for a two day "rest?" The books are relaxing, yes - but 



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Tuesday, March 1U, 19f>0 (continued) 

from the portfolio she will bring forth a lot of bills and 
business correspondence which will consume a large part of 
her "rest". Nevertheless Mrs. 0* Toole says the change 
does her good and she looks forward to coming to the Inn 
about once in every two months. She and her husband are in 
the Florist business in .laltham. 

Mr. Purdy was host today to members of the flsyside 
Inn Corporation who held their annual meeting here and enjoyed 
luncheon served in the Old Dining Room. 

Wednesday, March l£, 195>0 Pleasant 

Our dinner guests this evening included Rev. 
Parsons and Rev. Qoll of Hudson. Rev. Parsons, an elderly 
gentleman-^ enjoys many of the same pleasures as our departed 
friend Dr. Huntley did. Very often on a spring day. Rev. 
Parsons will come to the Inn for luncheon after a long walk 
on one of the near-by wooded paths > and » relate an interesting 
story about an unusual bird or flower he has seen in his 

Rev. Goll, a resident of Hudson, and acting Pastor 
for nearly five years ^very often brings his family of three 
to the Inn fom. Sunday Dinner. Rev. Parsons and Rev. Goll 
are good friends } it seems and tonight they were dining together. 

Mr. and Mrs. Hall drove from Connecticut to Boston 
today to view the annual Spring Flower Shew and also to make 
their annual visit to the Inn. 

Thursday, March 16, 19^0 Pleasant 

Three infantry officers dropped in for dinner re- 
cently and were quite friendly and chatty. "If you want to 
identify an officer *s rank by the insignia he is wearing, 
remember this" - said the Major. "An oak tree is not as high 
as a maple tree. Therefore the insignia of a Major is an 
oak leaf. Next above him is a Lieutenant Colonel with a 
maple leaf. Next higher is the eagle which soars above the 
maple tree (Colonel) and way up at the top is the star of a 

week of March 12-18, 1950 inclusive 

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Thursday, March 16, 1950 (continued) 

Speaking of oak trees, we were interested in what 
Mr, Frank E. Chaflin a recent guest had to say about a red 
oak tree which he knew as a boy. He said that the tree was 
28 feet in diameter and that he was so impressed with it 
that he wrote a letter about the tree to Oliver Wendell Holmes, 
No doubt Mr, Holmes was pleased with the interest taken by the 
boy. He was known to go out of his way to see and examine an 
old tree. But he didn't see the old red oak. He wrote a very 
courteous reply, however, a letter which Mr. Chaflin holds dear 
to his hear and cherishes today. 

Friday, March 17, 19!>0 Pleasant 

Miss Mary Earle Gould of fforcester, author of Early 
American Wooden .Vare came in for a chat as she does quite 
frequently. She has a fund of information and we like to hear 
her discuss her books and how they were put together, as well 
as antiques. She is writing a new book about tin ware , now 
that The Early American House is off the press. A Mrs. Foss 
from .Windsor, Connecticut, sitting in the barroom after lunch 
happened to overhear the conversation. She expressed a desire 
to see the books so they were procured and she enjoyed looking 
at them as much as talking with the author. Mrs. Foss said 
she would try and get the books put into her library at Windsor. 

Saturday, March 18, 19$0 Pleasant 

Fifty children, all members of the Ridgeway Camp in 
Coopers Mills, Maine, accompanied by their teachers and parents 
held a reunion at the Inn this afternoon. 

The camp directors ^Mr. and Mrs. C. Owen Green have 
had large camps in the past but believe in a small camp so now 
limit their enrolment to fifty. Pictures were taken of the 
children at the tables in the large Dining Room. 

Following the luncheon, the group adjourned to 
the large Ball Room where "Singing Games" were played for the 
remainder of the afternoon. 

Week of March 19 - 2£, 19£0 inclusive 
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Sunday, March 19, 1950 Pleasant 

A lively little Englishman -was our overnight guest 
last night and this morning appeared early to be ready when 
his host, Mr. Atkinson of the Sudbury Laboratories arrived, 
flhen Mr. Atkinson came he introduced his friend as Mr. Cyril 
Baron from Manchester, England and said that Mr. Baron had 
been helping with the exhibit from the Sudbury Laboratories 
at the Boston Flower Show. "He talks about our soil testing 
kit and other products and his English accent always gets 
the ladies" said Mr. Atkinson. 

Other overnight guests were Mrs. C. 3. Read and 
her granddaughter, Miss Statton, who have been motoring up 
from Florida and stopping at all historic sites en route. 
One more day and they will be back at their home in Maine. 
"So this visit at the Wayside Inn" said Mrs. Read "has been 
a thrilling finale to our trip." 

Monday, March 20, 193& Pleasant 

Mr. and Mrs. Warren Upham said that they had gone 
fifty miles out of their way in order to eat at the Wayside 
Inn. They had driven to Fruitlands in the town of Harvard 
just to see the viewvand then came to the Inn for dinner 
after which they drove back to their home in Maiden. Mr. 
Upham seemed very much interested in the old piano in the 
parlor and was shown the strings and sounding board inside. 
He said selling pianos was his business and that he had sold 
one recently very much like the one at the Inn. The Upham 
family is a very old one It seems, and reunions are held every 
year In a beautiful old house in Melrose built by Phineas Upham 
in 1690. Ihen told about the Rice and Brigham family reunions 
held at the Inn every year, Mr. Upham said that gave him an idea 
and he would suggest the Wayside Inn for the next meeting of the 
Upham family. 

Week of Parch 19 - 25, 1950 inclusive 
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Tuesday, March 21, 1950 Snow 

Instead of Lady Spring making a dramatic entrance 
today garbed in a cloak of light green, Old Man T&nter appeared 
again and laid a heavy, wet blanket of snow on our doorstep. 
There was enough of this white substance for one of our young 
guests to make snow-balls. Re threw one at the lamp post and 
aimed another at the side of the house. His bright yellow 
mittens and muffler to match were probably knit by the adoring 
grandmother who stood by and watched the performance. Previously, 
the two had been in the house together with Mother and another 
adoring adult, Auntie Fairchild. They ate lunch and then 
inspected the Old Kitchen and Bar-room. The little one, John fi. 
Hall 3rd of Washington, D. C. kept pulling at his mother's arm 
to come and see this and that. "Auntie Fairchild, will you please 
come and see these cunning boots on the foot-stove" he called, 
•hen asked where he went to school, John said he was in the pre- 
first grade at Fort Meyer. "That's just before the first grade", 
he explained. 

Wednesday, March 22, 1950 Pleasant 

Spring rains have about made up the deficit in the 
water supply in this region and today the dam at the Mill was 
in danger of over-flowing so that the large pipe had to be 
opened to let out some of the excess water. This will flood 
the meadow by the Inn and make a marshy homeland for the red 
winged black birds due to arrive any day. Miss Smith has 
seen a robin from her window at the Gate House, Dick Spencer 
reports that the cock pheasant and eight hens can be seen 
every day near the Inn eating dried berries still hanging from 
the low feushes and Mr. Robinson saw a bluebird which comes to 
nest every spring in the same tree near his home in Marlboro. 
These are the "signs of Spring" up to date. 



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Thursday, March 23, 1950 Pleasant 

At lunch time two ladies came in and said "Who was 
Evangeline's boy friend? " It mattered very such as the husband 
of one of them had written from Montreal in Canada for her to 
find out. It had something to do with naming a boat ,it seems. 
Gabriel Lajeunesse was the poetic name of this young man and 
the ladies were delighted to learn it. 

Our friendly young neighbors from just over the 
border in Fraraingham, Mr. and Mrs. Sohier Welch, came in early 
this evening dressed in ski clothes and made reservation for 
dinner at seven o'clock. Later, dressed less picturesquely 
but perhaps more appropriately for dinner, they came back. They 
had been on vacation in New Hampshire and went home to change, 
to see the baby and the baby sitter and then after dinner they 
were going to the movies in Maynard. 

Friday, March 2k 9 1950 farmer 

It is warmer but we are still waiting fbr Spring and 
balmy weather. Others who are anxious to see singing birds and 
green grass are the Phinneys from Lake Kedgeraakooge in Nova 
Scotia. They stopped here for dinner this evening on their 
way home from Florida., and told us about their Summer resort 
Lodge, called Ked-ge Lodge, in the heart of Nova Scotia. This 
they own and operate for about one hundred and thirty guests and 
from their description it must be a beautiful spot. Kedgeiaakooge 
is the Indian name for Fairy Lake and a few of the Miciaae Indians 
still live on its shores, Mr. Phinney says that his Lodge is 
an ideal place for honeymooners and he hopes that we will be able 
to send a few his way. 

Saturday, March 25, 1950 Partly Cloudy 

Other interesting guests during this past week have 
bean Jars. Ernest M. Mayling and Miss Mayling from Kennebunkport, 
Maine on their way to Florida, just "for the ride." They will 
stop at Williamsburg, Charleston and other famous places on the way. 
Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Strong and Mrs. Marian Long from Camden, Maine 
were also ovemighters on their way South. The parents of Joan 
Nichols were on their way from Schenectady, New York to Boston 
where they were to attend a concert given by their daughter at the 
New England Conservatory of Music. The concert to be her Graduation 
thesis. Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Gorely of Weston entertained at 
dinner this evening for three guests from Rhode Island, all members 
of the Wedgwood Club. 



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Sunday, March 26, 1950 Pleasant 

It was a very correct and appropriate bouquet which 
appeared on the dining table of the McQuillan party this noon. 
It was made up of deep red garnet colored carnations and pussy 
willows arranged in an old pewter mug. The McQuillans were 
celebrating their fortieth wedding anniversary and the garnet 
stone and garnet color are symbolic of such an occasion. Mr. 
and Mrs. McQuillan were accompanied by their son and daughter. 

One of the small fry appeared today in a bright red 
coat and hood and was asked if she were Red Riding Flood. A 
tiny little voice peeped: "No, I'm not, I'm the fancy little 
girl". "other had to explain that when her daughter goes 
shopping she always picks out dresses with ruffles and lace on 
them. An interested clerk called her the "fancy little girl". 

Friendly and chatty were Mr. and Mrs. fiMson, he one 
of the Charter memb rs of Professor Schell's group. 

l^ndnj, March 27, 195 Pleasant 

bice of Saturday, April first, 

of Mom's Kitchen h< eared in the local papers. Alma 
Hiltunen and Rauha Maki are the proprietors of this new 
restaurant which is to be on Main Street in Maynard. The 
advertisement says, "All Home Cooking including Pastries". 
Knowing "Maki" s" pastry so well for sc many years we know 
this new vent lire will be a succes . 

Tuesday , . 19p0 mer 

For the past week we have entertained very few 
overnight guests so it was somewhat of a surprise when by 
nine o'clock this evening practically every available room 
in the house was occupied. The Reverend Sason Cross brought 
another young clergyman for an overnight stay and a much»needed 
rest. In fact the friend, whose name was Tolson, seemed to be 
in almost desperate need of a change. His expression was 
strained and tense and not until after dinner and an hour's 
relaxation in front of the old fireplace did he seem refreshed 
to any degree. Mr. Cross who has been here frequently, informed 
us bhat Mr. Tolson is a psychologist as well as an indefatigable 
religious worker. 





Week of March 26th - pril 1st, 1950 inclusive 

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Tuesday, • ' , 1950 (continued) 

Other overnight guests were Mrs. Walton Smith and 
Irs. dlbur Forman fron Middlebury, Conn. They -were accompanied 

two charming daughters, students at the Connecticut Collr 
for *v r omen. 3oth young ladies expressed a desire to hold their 
wedding receptions here - if and when they are married. Also 
among our house guests was Miss Anita Gardner, a friend of the 
Henry S. Dennison family of paper tag fame and our neighbors 
"over the hill" in Framing ham Center. 

/.ednesday, March 29, 1950 Pleasant 

You would never guess that Mrs. N. K. Miller of Santa 
Rosa, California is ar Antiques Dealer. By her dress one would 

pose her to be a Prairie farmer's wife from Kansas. S 
wears a gaudy plaid shirt, a course woven skirt and regular 
man's cap with visor. But Mrs. Miller is a lover of old things 
and particularly early New England furniture and the supplementary 
household utensils. This was her second visit to the Inn. She 
was here last Summer and has since been back in California sell- 
ing a large stock of antiques which she picked up in this vicinity • 
She said she had pretty good luck selling the things which she 
bou rid she is now looking for more pieces to carry across 
the country to her shop. When leaving, Mrs. Miller expressed 
in a very sincere way her appreciation of the Inn. She said, 
"I don't think anyone could enjoy this place more than I do. 
There are other places but none as nice as this." 

Thursday, March 30, 1950 Pleasant 

. Gorman of the Boston Garden came again today with 
a celebrity, this time young Richard Dwyer of Los Angeles. His 
father, who has some connection with one of the movie concerns, 
was with him. It pleased Richard very much as well as his proud 
father to be asked to sign his name in the Special Register 
where he also wrote. "Ice Chips of 1950" and his age, lU years. 
He is the Pacific Coast Champion but modestly said that our Dick 
Button would carry off all the honors of the show. 

A group of 25 ladies of the Red Cross Hospital Service 
had luncheon on the porch followed by a business meetin . rs. 
H. 1 . Rollins of Sudbury was among the guests and Mrs. L. A. Coit 
of Hopkinton had charge of the luncheon menu which every one 
enjoyed. The main dish was stuffed Tomato with Chicken Salad and 
the dessert, Baked Grapefruit Alaska. 




sek of March 26th - April 1st, 1950 inclusive 

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Friday, March 31, 1950 Pleasant 

Dressed in their very best and pink cheeked -with 
excitement, the children of the Mary Lamb School were taken 
to the studio of W B Z in Cambridge to appear in a television 
show. Mrs. Bennett was there to tie shoes, straighten neck 
ties and hair ribbons or smooth out a rumpled dress, in fact 
to keep order in general. This did not seem to be necessary, 
however, as the children's behavior was perfect. After a 
brief introductory talk by Mr. Haynes they went through their 
paces without hesitation. Their fine training was evident 
in the way they danced the Waltz, the Heel and Toe Polka and 
went through the nazes of two Quadrilles, Life on the Ocean 
i.'ave and Hinkey Dinkey Parlez-vous. Now and then the 
photographer would show a close up of a happy face or feet 
keeping strict time to the music. Mr. and Mrs. Purdy were 
interested on-lookers. Mrs. Purdy harly ever misses the 
dancing class on Friday's at the Inn, in fact she often helps 
out when a girl is needed to make up the correct number in a 

Saturday, April 1, 19?0 Colder 

Sixteen men of middle age and all executives of 
important business organizations throughout the United 
States, were guests of the American Oil Company in our Old 
Kitchen at noon tine today. They were seated at one long 
table which was set with an old-fashioned red and white table 
cloth and placed in front of the fireplace. They were served 

aked Ham luncheon which they topped off with Indian Pudding 
and Ice Cream. Then, after examining the Letter-Booklets which 
had been distributed to each guest, they listened to the story 
of the Inn told by one of the hostesses. This was only a part 
of a historical tour planned by the American Cil Company for 
these distinguished guests. Most of the men present are attend- 
ing a refresher course in business administration given by the 
Harvard Business School . . and their time for such sight-seeing 
is limited. Consequently they all expressed a desire to come 
again when they coiJ-d stay longer. 

Week of April 2-8, 19^0 inclusive 
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* Sunday, April 2, 1950 Pleasant 

With the arrival of Spring, guests are beginning to 
appear from all points of the compass. Today we talked with 
a charming couple from Philadelphia who said they were "just 
fascinated" with the Inn and another couple from St. Louis who 
were equally impressed with this old house. 

Out-of-doors, our feathered friends are arriving 
daily from points south and Mrs. de v/indt, a bird lover, who 
was here recently, reported seeing bluebirds, robins, phoebes 
and at least a hundred fox sparrows. 

Other signs of Spring are in the house-keeping 
department where freshly starched dimity curtains are being 
hung at the windows and frilly canopies from the high post 
beds are being washed to look as white as snow. 

Monday, April 3, 19!?0 Pleasant 

Luncheon was served to a party of six ladies who 
came, in spite of the cold dull day, to enjoy the Inn as 
well as the food. Two members of the party were Chinese 
girls and they were blind. The others were all connected 
with or had been teachers at Perkins Institute. Miss Simons 
and Miss Havens were teachers there for thirty- five years, 
are now retired and living in South Sudbury. The two blind 
girls have been teaching in Canton and after two years at 
Perkins are now ready to go back to their native land but 
difficulties with their Nationalist passports are holding 
them up. They were very happy, however, and very much inter- 
ested in "seeing" the Inn. When one was asked if she knew 
what pussywillows were, she laughed and said, "Oh, yes, I do 
now, but when I "saw" them for the first time I thought they 
were made of wooli" 




Week of April 2-8, 19£0 inclusive 

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Tuesday, April h, 195>0 Very warm 

A pleasant lady this afternoon told of being here in 
April 1917, shortly after the beginning of the first World War. 
She remembered walking into the Parlor and seeing Sarah Bernhardt 
there, talking to Edward A. Filene. There were other interesting 
people in the room - all staying overnight. "And as I remember it," 
she said, "Sarah Bernhardt was talking a mile a minute". This is 
indeed an interesting contribution to our historical record. We 
have known that Mr. Filene was here frequently and was a close 
friend of Mr. Lemon, but this is the first time we have heard of 
Sarah Bernardt being a guest in the house. Perhaps she sat on the 
sofa once owned by another famous actress, Charlotte Cushman, and 
it may be that Mr. Lemon brought this fact to her attention. If 
only we could have been the proverbial fly on the wall I 

Wednesday, April 5, 1950 Rain 

In spite of rain and cloudy weather people are thinking 
of Easter and the telephone is ringing frequently these days and 
our reservations are beginning to pile up. 

Rev. Arterton, house guest for two nights, after playing 
golf for the first time this season yesterday, is content to spend 
the day in-doors and work on his Easter sermon. Every now and then 
he comes down to the barroom to smoke his pipe by the fire. The 
hostesses and others are enjoying very much the box of delicious 
Whitman Sampler candies which he presented on arrival. 

Mrs. Purdy and her guest, Miss Staples, had a wonderful 
time at the Sudbury Woman's Club meeting today when Mr. Coleman, 
the very talented artist of Sudbury, was the speaker. Mr. Coleman, 
whose painting of the Inn appeared in a recent issue of the 
Lincoln-Mercury Magazine, illustrated his talk by painting a land- 
scape viiich was later sold at a very good price. 

Thursday, April 6, 1950 Windy 

The current Lincoln-Mercury Times is displaying a very 
lovely oil painting of the front of the Inn done by Loring Coleman, 
a Sudbury artist. We recall hot days last Summer when Mr. Coleman 
sat on the lawn dipping his brush into white paint and splashing it 
on his canvas to give the effect of snow on the ground. This 
pusBled all who looked over his shoulder, but today with Winter 
winds still blowing the Winter scene does not look quite as in- 
congruous. And the red color of the Inn stands out effectively 



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Thursday, April 6, 1950 (continued) 

against the snow. More, we think that Mr. Coleman has definitely- 
caught the feeling of antiquity about the Inn which is seldom 
revealed in painting or photograph. Recently Mr. Coleman gave 
a painting demonstration for the Sudbury Women's Club which Mrs. 
Purdy and Miss Staples attended. It was like another lesson for 
Miss Staples *ho is studying Art one day a week with Mr. Coleman. 

Friday, April 7, 1950 Pleasant 

The coming of spring means the return of many things 
to the Inn. The door opens to greet the school groups, the many 
Chapel brides, who are always radiant and beautiful and last but 
by no means least, the ever-present tourists who come in private 
cars or in the Gray Line Sight Seeing Bus. 

Today, a group of fifteen, arrived on the Gray Line Bus. 
Jftiile the group were enjoying luncheon, Mr. Johnson, the driver, 
told us an interesting story about a group he had driven to the 
Benson Animal Farm a few days before. The group consisted of 
the Coco-Cola King and six children from Atlanta, Georgia. The 
children, after winning a contest, were on a free trip to the 
Benson Animal Farm in search of a baby elephant to replace the 
recently departed elephant named "Coco" I It seems the Coco-Cola 
King always keeps four elephants. Their names are "Coco" - "Cola" 
Sparkle and "Refreshment." 

Saturday, April 8, 1950 FAir - Cool 

Tomorrow being Easter Sunday everyone at the Inn is 
busily engaged in putting everything in readiness for the Easter 
guests. Gay red tulips, yellow jonquils, pink and white carna- 
tions and dainty yellow daisies were in evidence throughout the 
Inn. All attractively arranged in bright colored Easter Baskets. 
Some with bunnies, lambs and colored eggs peeking out from behind 
the flowers. 

The bunnies we expect will be admired by the children 
and the flowers enjoyed by the older folks. 

Week of April 9, 1950 - April 15, 1950 

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Sunday, April 9, 1950 Pleasant 

Easter Sunday and we were not at all neglected by 
Peter Cotton-tail. He raade an early morning visit to the 
two overnight guest rooms on the second floor of the Inn and 
left there a tiny Easter basket filled with colored eggs. 
It was found by the Button children -who have been guests 
here for the past few days. While eating Breakfast one of 
the hostesses announced to the children that the Easter bunny 
had Just been here and left something for them. Cereal spoons 
were dropped from mid-air and the orange juice was left stand- 
ing while the three young members of the Button family flew to 
their rooms. It wasn't long before they raced down the stairs 
to show Mother and Daddy what Peter Cotton-tail had left for thai. 

During the afternoon we were treated to an Easter 
Parade of our own. Easter bonnets which earlier in the day had 
appeared on fasionable Boylston Street in Boston were again 
shown off and admired in our dining rooms. The weather man did 
not cooperate very well, however, and most Easter suits were 
topped with heavy Winter coats. 

Monday, April 10, 1950 Pleasant 

The wedding of Miss Kathleen Kivkhan to Mr. Charles 
Marchand took place in Waltham this morning and at twelve 
o'clock noon the guests arrived at the Inn for the wedding 
breakfast. About seventy-five people sat down to the tables 
in the large dining room. At the head table where the bride 
and her attendants were seated, spring flowers in pastel shades 
made a colorful display as did the pale yellow gowns and blue 
flowers of the bridesmaids. Dancing in the large ball room 
followed until the bridal couple was ready to depart on their 



Week of April 9 - 15, 1950 inclusive 

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Tuesday, April 11, 1950 Colder 

School children are enjoying vacation periods and in 
one way or another are travelling around to see places of 
interest about which they can talk to their class-mates and 
teachers when school begins again. Some come or. "bUr ^a" and 
others in busses and a few just hike to the Wayside Inn, Today 
a large bus came from Wapping, Connecticut and deposited about 
thirty boys and girls at our front door. They were accompanied 
by their teacher, Miss Mary Connery who went along with them 
when being guided through the house. 

One of the two Census takers for the town of Sudbury, 
Mrs. Gaughan, has been here and listed all the employees who 
are living on the property. She even asked the age question 
which some of the older ones were reluctant to answer but 
flattered when Mrs. Gaughan replied, *Why, I wouldr^t believe 
it J" 

Wednesday, April 12, 1950 Pleasant 

Chaplain and Mrs. R. S. Hall and their small son, 
Paul, stopped for lunch and while waiting to be called the 
lively little boy, although not noisy, was very much in 
evidence. So the mother explained that they had just arrived 
from Japan a few days ago and the boy had been travelling on 
boats and planes and had seen and done many exciting things 
and it was very hard for him to settle down. After spending 
three years in Japan ^Chaplain Hall, who is in the United States 
Army, is to be stationed at Fort Dix in New Jersey. Mrs. Hall 
said she enjoyed their stay in Japan very much, the country is 
lovely, but it was good to be hone. Having travelled so ex- 
tensively they were all most appreciative of the Wayside Inn. 

Thursday, April 13, 1950 Pleasant 

Mr. and Mrs. G. D. Shearley of Toledo, Ohio, spent 
Thursday night at the Inn. Mr. Shearley knew Mr. Ford very 
well and did business with the Ford Motor Company for many years, 
The concern with which he is still connected used to make 
parts for the Ford car in its very early stages. One day when 
a young man, he was told to go to Dearborn with a part which 
was to be shown at a committee meeting and voted upon. He 
dove the fifty miles in fifty three minutes when he entered 
the room where the men were waiting. 



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Thursday, April 13, 1950 (continued) Pleasant 

Mr. Ford looked at the clock and said, "What kind of a car 
did you drive?" When Mr, Shearley told him it was a Model A, 
Mr. Ford said it was the only car that could have done it. 

Friday, April lh, 1950 Pleasant 

Several items have appeared in the newspapers 
recently which should be relayed to the Diary. The first 
concerns the house in Newburyport, Massachusetts which was 
occupied in the early 19th century by Timothy Dexter, better 
known as Lord Timothy Dexter. A very nice old, colored print 
of this house is hanging in the 3ar-room of the Inn and it 
attracts a good deal of attention. The newspaper item sayB 
that the house was scheduled to be auctioned off a few days ago 
but at the last minute the auction was cancelled and an agree- 
ment with a private purchaser was reached. The new owner was 
not named. 

Another itea of interest is an account of the new 
Memorial Forest and Wild Life Sanctuary which adjoins the 
Wayside Inn property and which formerly belonged to the Wayside 
Inn. About two hundred and seventy-seven acres were bought by 
the State Federation of Vv'omen's Clubs and have been set apart as 
a tribute to those who served in World War II. The dedication 
of this reservation will take place on Saturday, April 29th 
preceded by luncheon at the Wayside Inn. 

The third report to interest ws was a description 
of the wedding held in the Martha-Mary Chapel when Miss Mary 
Louise Bowman became the bride of Gordon C, Thomas. A very 
nice picture of the bride accompanied the newspaper account. 

Saturday, April 15, 1950 Fair - Warm 

This was a beautiful spring day in Sudbury town 
and the Inn welcomed many travelers. 

Among them a young bridal couple who were married 
at the Martha-Mary Chapel at a seven o'clock ceremony and 
later partook of a wedding dinner in the Old Dining Room of 
the Inn. About twenty-five guests attended the marriage 
and dinner of Miss Jean Davis and Mr. Albert Peltier of 
Hudson, Massachusetts. 

Week of April 9 - 15, 1°$0 inclusive 
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Saturday, April 15, 1°£0 (continued) 

The table set for twenty-five was adorned with 
the bridal cake, which was placed in the center of the 
table, and banked with greens and pink rose buds. White 
papers were used at either end of the table. 

The bride in her white dress and pert bonnet, 
the bridal cake and flowers, all combined to make this 
a colorful bridal party. 

Week of April 16 - 22, 19&) inclusive 
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Sunday, April 16, 19$0 Pleasant 

The last time Mr. J. Frank Edgar of New Bedford, 
Massachusetts came to the Inn he was a kind of second Paul 
Revere. It was fifty-three years ago and Mr. Edgar said 
that he had made the same trip that day as the famous patriot 
made on his midnight ride. Today Mr. Edgar came to the Inn 
as the honor guest in a small party to celebrate his birth- 
day. He didn't say which one, but we presume it was up in 
the region of the seventies. 

Mr. Israel Sack of New York was a dinner guest 
at noon time and pointed with pride to some of the furnish- 
ings which he put into the Inn at the time Mr. Ford took over. 
He is especially proud of the little Butterfly table with 
finel.7 turned legs and made of cur ley maple. This, Mr. Sack 
says, is the smallest Butterfly table he has ever seen. He 
told of a visitor to his shop who claimed to have the "smallest 
Butterfly table ±n the .'iorld. 11 iftien Mr. Sack showed him our 
table, the visitor admitted that he had made a grave error in 
his statement. 

Monday, April 17, 19!?0 Pleasant 

The approaching holiday can be sensed all around 
us as preparations for various events get under way. The 
great Marathon Race will start not very many miles to the 
south of us and great interest is evident in the winner who 
might be one of three Koreans who arrived recently from their 
native land to take part in this annual event. To the north 
of us Concord and Lexington are bristling with activity as the 
19th approaches which will be the 175th anniversary of the 
battle which took place at the North Bridge in Concord. The 
public spirited citizens have arranged all kinds of celebrations 
lasting two or three days. One of them came in today to make 
a reservation for lunch wearing a cocked hat like Paul Revere. 


Week of April 16 - 22, 19f>0 inclusive 
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Tuesday, April 18, 19^0 Pleasant 

Mr. Starr and Mr. Minot, two handsome students from 
Harvard yirere recent dinner guests and informed us of their 
arrival here in a 1926 Model T. Ford, four-door sedan. It 
was dark when they left but we peeked out the window to catch 
a glimpse of their antiquated automobile, we could see it 
quite easily under the lamp post and had no difficulty at all 
in hearing it as the boys chugged down the main highway. 

Another notable visitor of late was Professor Patrick 
Flood of New York who is the proud father of thirteen children. 
And he whispered in our ear that his dear wife may be chosen as 
the best Mother of the year 19!>0 . By his own efforts he has 
made a name for himself in helping other young men and women to 
make their way. It seems he came to the United States from Ireland 
soon after -orld >ar One and began teaching and writing. He is now 
at the head of the Latin Department in the Theodore Roosevelt High 
School in New York and has done much to keep alive Irish Theatrical 
tradition by founding an Irish dramatic society. He writes a 
column for a well known Irish paper and has aided many young men in 
their desire to become priests. He has a son at near-by .Veston 

.edneaday, April 19, 1950 Partly Cloudy 

The usual holiday crowds flocked into the Inn on this 
one hundred and seventy-fifth anniversary of the beginning of the 
revolutionary »?ar. Concord and Lexington were thronged with 
visitors and General Omar Bradley was the speaker of the day. Not 
a few of the Concord and Lexington visitors continued on to Sudbury 
and spent the remainder of the day at the Wayside Inn. About 2:30 
o'clock seven bus loads of pretty girls arrived from the Kndicott 
Junior College at Beverly, Massachusetts and they stayed for an 
hour or two looking around the house and grounds. We had a pre- view 
of Summer fashions, most of the girls being dressed in gay colored 
cottons with bright sports jackets and sweaters, te couldn't let the 
day pass without paying our respects to Colonel Hzekiel Howe who so 
courageously led the Sudbury minute men to Concord and returned to 
complete his duties as the third landlord of the Wayside Inn. 



Week of April 16-22, 1950 inclusive 

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Thursday, April 20, 1950 Rain 

.-ocent Guests 

Dr. Sweet from Wost Hartford, Connecticut spent 
the night at the Inn on his way to a doctors' convention 
in Boston. Dr. Sweet is a frequent guest at the Inn and 
we always enjoy his wit and dry humor. 

Mrs. 0' Toole, the proprietor of a Florist Shop 
in Walthaa, has spent several days at the Inn. Mrs. 0' Toole 
takes a day or two off from her duties at the florist shop 
about every three months and always honors us with her 

The Gray Line bus brounht six for lunch this 
noon* 4he driver being our old friend "George Pearson's" 
first trip to the Inn this season but we hope to see him 
many more times this summer. 

Friday, April 21, 1950 Pleasant 

Among our most appreciative visitors the McDonald 
family should be counted. Dr. and Mrs. V, C. McDonald and 
Michael and Susan, who live on Star Lane in Concord but very 
near the Sudbury line, always speak very enthusiastically 
of the Inn. The children have always considered it a treat 
to come here. Today, Mrs. McDonald brought Michael to lunch 
to celebrate two things, good behavior and his approaching 
tenth birthday. His sister Susan, her hair in two long braids 
was present today also. She likes old furniture and informed 
us she sleeps in a trundle bed. In fact both children do but 
Susan's is painted red. 

This evening a dance was held from eight until twelve 
in the large ball room for seventy-five couples of high school 
age. The young ladies belonged to the order of Rainbow Girls 
in Worcester and looked very lovely in their soft flowing even- 
ing gowns. 

Week of April 16 - 22, 1950 inclusive 
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Saturday, April 22, 1950 Pleasant 

This lovely April day brought two Bridal Parties 
to the Inn. 

The first in the form of a "tfedding Breakfast 
served in the large Dining Room to a group of one hundred 
and fifty. 

The bridal couple, Ensign and Mrs. Eugwae F. 
Kelly, the bride being the former Jean M. Lynch of Maynard, 
were seated at the head table along with their bridal attendants. 

The bride was gowned in pure white satin and carried 
white carnations. Her three attendants wore white frosted 
organdy with a cerise sash about the waist. They wore red 
carnations in their hair and carried red tulips and red carna- 

A towering white wedding cake was cut by the bride 
and dancing was enjoyed in the Ball Room. 

A four o'clock wedding in the Martha-Mary Chapel 
united Miss FJLiaabeth .iarner and Mr. Clarence Howard of I'ifest 

A Buffet Tea followed in the large Ball Room for 
one hundred guests. 

The bride was gowned in traditional white satin 
and carried a small . old-fashioned bouquet of white roses. 
Her attendants wore two-toned lavender taffeta gowns and 
carried lavender sweet peas. All made a beautiful picture 
against the white background of the Ball Roora as they stood 
and received their guests. 



Week of April 23 - 29, 1950 inclusive 

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Sunday, April 23, 1950 Cloudy - Rain 

While it was a cold, dismal day outside several old 
friends came to bring warmth and cheer into the old Inn* Among 
those with whom we chatted were Mr* and Mrs. Fred Griffin from 
Connecticut, married in the Martha-Mary Chapel just one year ago 
today. They were both smiling from ear to ear and said they 
were rery happy. They seemed to cherish greatly the memories of 
their wedding day in the lovely setting of the Chapel and Inn. 

Another guest we remembered from way back, was Floyd 
Noyes, one-time student at the Boys School. He introduced his 
wife and proudly exhibited fire -year old Barbara Jean. She was 
asked to count "as far as she could go". This was to ten - 
and then "eleven-teen!" 

Mr. Gunn from New Tork also greeted us cordially. He 
was accompanied by two sons who are attending St. Mark's School. 
Mr» Gunn has been here as an overnight guest from time to time 
while attending various functions at the school. 

Monday, April 2k, 1950 Pleasant 

Our house guests, the three Malings, left this morn- 
ing for their home in Kennebunkport, Maine. They pass through 
here quite frequently on their way to and from their winter 
home in Florida so we feel well acquainted with them. 

Towards the end of the day two groups of boys and 
girls from the Concord High School were shown through the house. 
H are having quite a few of these groups now and raost of them 
are very much in earnest and bring pencils and paper with them 
so as to jot down anything they hear or see which might be of 
interest . 

Tuesday, April 25, 1950 Fleasant 

A very pleasant wedding anniversary dinner was held 
here this evening with four young people in attendance. The 
guests of honor were Mr. and Mrs. Duncan Hewlett, he the minis- 
ter of the Second Unitarian Church in Boston and their friends 
were from the Unitarian Church in Cambridge. All wore flowers, 
the men a white carnation and the women a more elaborate flower 
arrangement. They were seated in the old dining room and after 

Week of April 23 - 29, 1950 inclusive 

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Tuesday, April 2£, 1950 (continued) 

dinner examined the house in detail. They are interested in 
old furniture and have collected some of it while in the country 
during the summer months* .3ien leaving the women expressed 
their appreciation of a bit of rest and relaxation from home 
and family cares while the men said they felt relieved for a 
short time of strenuous parish duties* 

sednesday, April 26, 1950 Cloudy 

The Vayside Inn-era were proud today of their neigh- 
bor, Dr* Robert Gross, who was called in a newspaper item one 
of the nation's foremost surgeons. He operated today at the 
Children's Medical Center in Boston on the main artery of a 
patient's heart, replacing the artery with one taken from a 
dead man. It was a rare and £gzn erous feat, but the newspaper 
account tells us that the patient has aa-'^Hch confidence in 
his doctor that he expects to live a healthy and useful life 
after the operation. 

The Cross residence is about a rile from the Inn on 
the Fraainghara road and was formerly the home of the Fearmain 
family. T .ey built it to resemble an Italian villa after having 
spent some time in Italy. Now Dr. Gross and his fine family 
are enjoying the advantages of living in the country and we often 
see the doctor with his two daughters riding horseback over the 
Inn roads, getting scrae wonderful out-door exercise before 

Thursday, April 27, 19?0 Fair - Cool 

One hundred and fifty high school students from 
^ast Patterson, New Jersey, on a tour of New England, enjoyed 
an hour and a half btop at the Inn. /ill enjoyed seeing the 
house and stopped at the Bar to purchase books and postal cards. 
A Baked Ham Luncheon with our famous Baked Indian Pudding and 
Ice Cream dessert was served in the large Dining Hoom. 



Week of April 23-29, 193'0 inclusive 

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Friday, April 28, 19 #> Pleasant 

Mrs. Howard K, De Volf, better known as fc?rs. 
Bradbury, case to see us today with her husband recently 
acquired. They drove up from barren, Rhode Island where 
they lived for many years, ap?rt, though in the sare town. 
Since their marriage they have been living happily together 
in the sane house. "iirs. Bradbury" as we still think of her, 
was head hostess here in 1931, beloved and acbaired by all. 
We are glad that life has been kind to her at last. 

The death of Henry dads worth Longfellow Dana 
appears in this morning's paper. Funeral services will be 
private at Craigie House where he has lived for many years. 
bone interesting facts about, him are contained in the article: 
He was the author cf several books on the theatre and on 
famous aembers of his family. Recently he had been writing 
three books simultaneously, a l.istory of Craigie House, a 
history of the Dana family and a biography of his great-uncle, 
Washington Allston. One of his brothers, Allston Dana was 
the designer cf the George aiifl|$ i ngton bridge in New York. 

Saturday, April 29, 1950 Rain 

Two hundred and tenty-five members of the ilassachu- 
setts State Federation of Somen's Clubs met at the Inn today 
for luncheon and for the dedication of a Memorial Forest and 
.?lld Life Sanctuary in tribute to those who served in iforld 
3ar II. The tract of land formerly part of the Wayside Inn 
Estate is situated about two miles from the Inn on Button Road. 

Following the luncheon and a portion of the exercises 
which were held in the Inn, the group adjourned to the Forest 
where the Presentation of the Reservation was given by iirs. 
Sdmund I. 7flllson. At this time a large boulder was unveiled 
at the entrance of the memorial forest reservation containing 
a bronze plaque which read 

"Memorial Forest Reservation 
Wild Life Sanctuary 
Established in grateful tribute to 
Those who served in 
..orld iVar II 
by the 
Massachusetts State Federation 
of .Voraen's Clubs. ! ' 

Week of April 30 - May 6, 1950 inclusive 

Sunday, April 30, 1950 Pleasant 

Two special events took place today. The first 
was a wedding in the Chapel at three o'clock when Joan A, 
Gordan of Waltham became the bride of Charles M« Goodale. 
About one hundred guests were in attendance and after the 
ceremony went to the bride's home where a reception was 

In t he meantime Miss Betty Tinsains and Mr. Donald 
Dohany were being married in Waltham and after the ceremony 
came to the Inn where a reception was held in the large 
Ball room for about sixty-five friends and relatives. The 
Buffet table was prettily decorated with greens and lighted 
tapers and Chicken Salad, Ice Cream and wedding cake were 

This is Sophomore Father's week-end at VTellesley 
College and several young ladies with their beloved parents 
have been noticed among our guests. One father, Mr. Rausch 
from Mew lork, has been staying in the Garden room. He left 
this morning saying that he must wend his lonely, weary way 
back home. Evidently he enjoyed very much the social activi- 
ties and good fellowship which tfellesley College provides 
each year for the fathers of Sophomore students. 

Monday, May 1, 1950 Hain - Cold 

The weather is anything but what one would expect 
for May Day but, in spite of the cold and rain, children will 
make their pretty little baskets and hang them on peoples' 
doors. In some instances candy will have to take the place 
of flowers although the forsythia and daffodils are out and 
will compensate for the lack of other flowers by their 
bright, cheery yellow. 

A guest from Philadelphia informed us today that 
when her daughter was twelve years old her mother baked a 
birthday cake for her and she had many presents, among 
them a box of note paper. The next day in the Philadelphia 
papers appeared an account of a birthday celebrated at the 
White House for the President's father, John Coolidge. A 
description of a cake made by the White House chef and 
elaborately decorated, was given. 

Week of April 30 * May 6, 1950 
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Monday, May 1, 19$0 (continued) 

The little girl, Dorothy by name, thought she would like to 
write a letter, using her new stationary to the elderly 
gentleman whose birthday cane on the same day as hers, and 
tell him about her cake. One of her most precious keepsakes 
now that she is a grown-up lady, is the letter she received 
from John Coolidge. He said his cake was a very fine one but 
he thought hers was much nicer because it had been made by 
her mothor. 

Tuesday, May 2, 19$) Pleasant 

About twenty pupils of the fifth grade from one of 
the Natick schools visited the Inn this morning and were 
escorted through the rooms by Mrs. Flint. She reports good 
behavior and no lack of interest in the house and its history 
and furnishings. 

The house was practically filled tonight with over- 
night guests and among them the Reverend Charles R. Joy who 
has done a great deal of work in Europe with the CARE organ- 
ization and with the rehabilitation of refugees. He spent a 
month last Summer with the great medical missionary in Africa, 
Albert Sweitaer, and will embark for Europe again the first 
of June. Mr. Joy spoke of the three men considered the great 
saints of the World, Sweitser, Ghandi and Kagawa. 

lednesday, May 3, 1950 Pleasant 

Miss Riggs, who comes to spend a few days at the 
Inn from time to time, was here last night with her two 
sisters and after Breakfast gave us a list of the birds she 
had either seen or heard since she first woke up this morn- 

Phoebe Field Sparrow 

Meadow Lark Purple Finch 
Redwing Blackbird Tree Swallow 
Robin Crow 

Song Sparrow Blue Jay 


Week of Aprd3j 30 - May 6, 1950 incl. 

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Wednesday, May 3, 1950 (continued) 

Miss Higgs is always an entertaining person to have 
around and she further entertained us by telling a story about 
a hunting party in Africa. She said that the native guides 
were lagging behind and when the head guide was asked why his 
men were sitting down on the job, the dark skinned African 
replied "Why, they are waiting for their souls to catch up 
with their bodies." Miss Riggs gave this as an example of 
the necessity for rest which everyone needs in this fast moving, 
tiresome tforld of today. 

Thursday, May U, 19fiO Fair - .Vara 

Eighty members of the Tufts College Omen's Club 
gathered in the large Dining Room of the Inn this noon and 
partook of a Chicken Pie luncheon. Several speakers and a 
short business meeting followed the luncheon. 

Mrs. D* Olive the new owner of the Hager House > 
entertained Mrs. Caldwell and Mrs. Temple at Tea this 

A luncheon guest this noon, namely Miss Evelyn 
L. Langley from Rockport, Massachusetts, stopped at the Bar 
to talk with the Hostess and also to leave her card which 

"Evelyn^ Studio" 
Build in l80ii 
Paintings, Antique Glass and China 
Handmade Silver Jewelry 
Hand-Blocked Linens 
Classes in Drawing and Painting" 

Friday, May 5, 1950 Pleasant 

Mr. Charles Way, better known as "Brother" tfay is 
cutting the grass, an amazing sight I This is the first time 
it has been green enough or long enough to cut. There are 
other signs of spring, the arrival of several purple finches 
and we think, the same phoebe, using the same nest as last 


Week of April 30 - May 6, 1950 incl, 


Friday, May 5, 1950 (continued) 

year. Johnny-Jump-Ups are just appearing in the old-fashioned 
garden and almost every day Mr, Purdy takes a small bunch to 
put in a miniature vase, to Mrs, Purdy in the hospital recover- 
ing from an operation, everyone is delighted that Mrs, Purdy 
is getting along so well and that she will be coming home the 
latter part of next week, 

A luncheon guest giving her name as Miss MacDonald 
turned out to be the glamorous Jeanette of concert stage ^wid 
movie fame, Vi'hat is more, she and her party of four will 
spend two nights with us. She is giving a concert in aorceater 
Saturday night and, finding the hotels there very noisy, was 
glad to find the peace and quiet of the flayside Inn, She 
watched the children go through two singing quadrilles and 
seemed to enjoy it very much applauding loudly when they 

Saturday, May 6, 1950 Very Warm 

Mrs, Harold Keller of Newtonville arranged a 
luncheon for twenty-firo representatives of the State Mothers 
and is to be held this noon in the Old Dining Room of the Inn, 

The Old Kitchen became the scene of a small engage- 
ment party this evening, Mrs. A'illiam Byrne of Holliston 
planned dinner for her daughter, the bride-to-be and twelve 
members of the Bridal Party. Bright spring flowers adorned 
the center of the table and corsages were presented to the 
ladies in the party. 

A Turkey Dinner was enjoyed by all followed by 
group singing and games. 

Week of May 7-13, 1950 inclusive 

Sunday, May 7, 1950 Pleasant 

The house was filled with overnight guests last 
night and after Breakfast this morning there was the usual 
hustle and bustle. Bags were packed while father drove 
the car around to the front door. The bill was paid and 
maps examined. Farewells were said. Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Evans 
of Kittery Point, Mainejannounced that they were celebrating 
their nineteenth wedding anniversary. They came to the Inn 
on their honeymoon. Today they will stop at Simmons College 
to see their Freshman daughter. Mr. and Mrs. Coates of the 
Coates Thread family were planning a day's outing with their 
son, a student at the Fay School in Southboro. With three 
fellow-students, the Coates were bound for the Ball game at 
Fenway Park. Later in the day they will all celebrate 
young Coates 1 birthday by eating a very large cake, baked 
and decorated in our kitchen especially for t he occasion. 

Monday, May 6, 1950 Pleasant 

About thirty children from the 5th Grade of the 
Parkhurst School in Winchester arrived at 11:00 this morning 
and were shown through the house. This is the time of year 
for such groups and sometimes we have as many as three in 
one day, all eager to see and hear about the Wayside Inn. 

Robins, bluebirds, warblers and red-winged black- 
birds have been fairly common sights recently and now the 
orioles are here. Every so often during the day their liquid 
tones are heard. From the Treadwell room window one can look 
down into a robin's nest in the crotch of one of the big trees. 
It is interesting to watch the mother bird smoothing down 
the inside with her wings. 

Tuesday, May 9, 1950 Pleasant 

A very pretty luncheon party was held on the 
Porch this noon by a group of twenty-one ladies from 
Arlington, Massachusetts under the direction of Mrs. Ikjrton 
Bradley. Fresh asparagus was a timely and delectable 
addition to the luncheon menu which included Creamed Chicken 
in patty shell and a choise of delicious desserts. The 
t^ble was arranged in the center of the porch and was decorated 
with bright and colorful garden flowers. After the last 
mouthful, a meeting was held which lasted until nearly four o'clock, 

Week of May 7-13, 1950 inclusive 
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Tuesday, May 9, 1950 (continued) 

In the evening the Old Kitchen was the scene of 
a dinner party arranged by studentsof Boston University to 
honor Chaplain Stanley H. Martin,who is leaving the University 
to take charge of the Methodist Headquarters in Nashville, 

Wednesday, May 10, 1950 Pleasant 

At ten o'clock this morning we were visited by a 
group of thirty-four children from the Charles River School 
in Dover, Massachusetts. They were accompanied by mothers 
and teachers and proved to be an exceedingly bright group 
of children. They listened attentively to every word spoken 
by the hostess who guided them through the Inn and from 
beginning to end they behaved like little ladies and gentlemen. 
Next came a group of forty children from the Sudbury schools^ 
who were equally interested in the house. Their teacher, 
Miss Adams, is well aware of the importance of bringing the 
children from this historic town to see the Wayside Inn. 

The Home Decorators, Inc. of Newark, New York 
entertained fifty business associates in the large dining 
room this noon when a Chicken Fricassee luncheon was served. 
Guests were seated at a U shaped table in front of the fire- 
place and a generous display of flowers made the party a 
very festive occasion. 

Thursday, May 11, 1950 Pleasant 

Mr. Way from Sudbury is here again this year 
planting and making the Old-Fashioned Garden most attractive. 
Jonquils, forsythia and tulips are in evidence now. The 
tulips are especially lovely this year. Many are a deep red 
with white edges, with a few red and white in the double 
variety. They are greatly admired by all who visit the Inn. 

Fifty students from the Newton Schools enjoyed a 
tour of the Inn this afternoon. Fifty of our "Letter Booklets" 
containing the history of the Inn were purchased by the tour 
director and presented to each child. 



Week of May 7 - 13 > 1950 inclusive 

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Friday, May 12, 1950 Pleasant 

The rest of the tree, part of which blew down on 
Sunday, is being chopped down and the men from Bartletts' 
can be seen high up in the air sawing off the smaller branches. 
They tell us the tree was over lf>0 years old. 

We are very pleased to have another picture of Mr. 
Ford to hang in the front hall. In this one the pose is 
more informal and no re natural as he leans against an old 
wooden pump. 

Mrs, Purdy came back from the hospital today. 
Mr, Purdy says she is delighted to be home but it will be 
a few days yet before she can come to the Inn. 

About lunch time the fire siren rang and the 
fire engine went off up the road towards the Mill with all 
the available men on board. It soon came back, however, 
this time the fire was quickly extinguished. 

Saturday, May 13, 1950 Fair - Cold 

The countryside is beginning to burst forth with 
apple blossoms and by next week-end they will be in their 
full glory. Tomorrow being Mother's Day we decided to pick 
some of these lovely blooms for t he Inn dining rooms. They 
were used throughout the Inn and were indeed a beautiful 
sight to behold. 

Among our dinner guests this evening came Mr. and 
Mrs. Bowker. We have not 3een them for many months and it 
was so nice to greet them once again. Mrs. Bowker has 
brought us many lovely roses in the past from her gardens 
and reports they are doing nicely this year. 

Week of May lJ* - 20, 1950 inclusive 
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Sunday, May Hi, 1950 Pleasant 


This "was Mother's Day and it brought over five hundred 
dinner guests to the Wayside Inn. The day started with a Breakfast 
for the Bell family, a party of ten with both grandmothers present 
and several tiny tots, one being carried in a large basket. At 
noon tine the "crush" began and lasted all through the afternoon 
and into the evening. Many mothers were given a rest from the usual 
preparation of Sunday dinner at home in the family kitchen and 
enjoyed the flavor of "someone else's" cooking. * It made a pleasant 
change to be waited upon, too. 

One of the last parties to be served was that under the 
name of Ducotnir.on. They were five in number and chose the Old Kitchen 
as the setting for their other's day observance. The red table 
cloth was used on the trestle table and in the cool of the evening a 
cheery lire burned on the hearth. These mid- Westerners were entranc- 
ed with the charm of old New England as they ate their dinner and 
iaid +v at as long as they lived they would never forget Mother's 
Day in 1950. 

Monday, May 15, 1950 Cloudy 

Rain threatened all day but did not actually fall. About 
sixty children came to see the house braving the cloudy skies, one 
large group from PLtchburg and another smaller one from nearby 
Kopedale. Sometimes the hostesses receive very nice letters from 
these children written by a member of the class. Patty Bruno, 
Grade 5 of the Parkhurst School in Winchester writes: 

"Our class had a very nice time visiting 
the Inn. It was nice of you to explain 
things so clearly to us. The thing that 
I liked best was the sleigh bed. Its 
* \ beautiful. In our classroom we are 

making poems, stories and pictures of 
the .Vayside Inn. .'fe wish you could see 
them. Thank you very much." 

Week of May Hi - 20, 1950 inclusive 
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Tuesday, May 16, 1950 Cloudy 

We enjoyed meeting a distinguished musician this 
afternoon. She was Lois Sears from Toronto, Canada who 
plays the Zither Harp, an instrument used in Elizabethan 
times and upon which many of the old Shakespearian ballads 
were played. Mrs. Sears is also a Mezzo-Soprano and recently 
gave a concert at Gore Place in ♦altham sponsored by the 
Radcliffe College Club. She lias also appeared in the Govern- 
ment House, Nassau, Bahamas under the patronage of the British 
governor and^of course has given several concerts in Canada, 
one in the Toronto Art Oallery. tfe were introduced to Sirs. 
Sears by Dr. and Mrs. Roy lk>rae of wellesley Kills who met her 
while vacationing last winter in Nassau. 

Wednesday, May 17, 1950 Warm 

This beautiful warn, day with sun shining brightly, 
brought many visitors to the Inn. The first to arrive were 
a group of eager school children from Concord who enjoyed the 
grounds which are so beautiful now, as well as the house. 

This evening a small group of ladies had a lovely 
dinner on the Porch. It was e surprise isirthday celebration 
for one of the guests and when dinner was completed she was 
presented with a festive birthday cake upon which was written with 
white icing, "Happy Birthday, ".Q.eanor". 

Thursday, Kay lo, 1950 Showers 

Mrs. C Toole from .valtham has spent several nights 
at the Inn. She breaks away from her florist shop about once 
a month to "catch her breath" she explains. 

The lilacs are in full bloom today and we at the Inn 
as well as our guests are enjoying them to the fullest. 

Mr. ff« A. Nical from Boston brought a group of thirty- 
five Salvation Army officials to dinner this evening. The group 
wa;s seated on the Porch and partook of a Roast Turkey dinner. 
A short business meeting and a speaker concluded the evening's 


Week of May lit - 20, 19>G inclusive 
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Friday, May 19, 1950 Rain 

Mr. Manning Hawthorne of North Woodstock, Connecticut, 
came again today and again said he did not like the picture of 
his great-grandfather, Nathaniel, which hangs in the front hall. 
No one has criticized it before. It does show him as an older 
_map. but he has a very kindly expression, vhen Mr. Hawthorne 
ta>v xJf> •hoed us the one he brought with him today, however, wewere 

tempted to change our mind. It is a phot graph of a sketch and 
depicts Nathaniel Hawthorne as a very young man with wavy hair 
and deep set eyes. The original portrait was done in crayon 
by Eastman Johnson in 18U6 for Longfellow and hangs in his 
study at Craigie House in Cambridge, 

Saturday, May 20, 1950 fair - warm 

Thirty-three ladies from <*ellesley, under the 
direction of Mrs, Allan Ifiller wore seated on the Porch this 
noon and enjoyed a luncheon consisting of soup - poached haddock, 
with lobster sauce, and our famous Baked Indian Pudding with 
Ice Creai . 

Thirty-two very young ladies, ranging in age from 
ten to thirteen years of age were served Afteroon ref residents 
on the Porch, The young set r?ere appropriately dressed for the 
occasion in freshly starched party dresses, gloves and of 
courses flower be-decked bonnet. 

Week of Kay 21 - 27, 1950 inclusive 

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Tuesday, May 23, 1950 Pleasant 

Another lovely Spring day and the house filled 
with people charmed with the great out-of-doors and finding 
the Wayside Inn a pleasant country retreat* Among our many 
guests today were a number of Baptist canisters attending 
the Northern Baptist convention in Boston. A group of eighteen 
Girl Scouts who had saved their pennies for an outing at the 
end of the Scout season, came for luncheon and a trip through 
the house. They were accompanied by four adults and enjoyed a 
delicious meal served on the Porch. At the close of the day 
when long shadows stole across the closely clipped lawn, Dr. 
and Mrs. Lyman Richards came gaily up the front walk and turned 
to the right for a stroll in the garden. Later when they 
appeared in the house at dinner time they announced that they 
were celebrating their twenty- fifth Vedding anniversary. They 
spent their wedding night here just twenty- five years ago. 
This called for special recognition of some sort, so a small 
bouquet of garden flowers were plucked from the Inn garden and 
placed on the Anniversary table. After dinner, Mrs. Richards 
wrapped them carefully in tissue paper and took them home. Dr. 
Richards is a member of Professor Schell's group and it so 
happened that Mr. and Mrs. ailson, ho another member of the 
Professor's group, were also dining here this evening. This 
made the Richards' celebration even more interesting and festive. 
It was one of those informal occasions which turned out better 
than one previously planned. 

Wednesday, May 2k» 1950 Cloudy - Showers 

It certainly was a dreary day. The sky was h&sy 
and full of clouds, trying to make up its mind whether it 
would rain or not. A few light showers fell towards late 

We had our usual bus load of people brought by 
the Grey Line. Among the group were three charming young 
girls from Hawaii, who were si:-ply fasinated with the collection 
of antiques. £> 

The Northern Baptist Convention in Boston has brought 
many ministers and their friends to the Inn. 

There was a very interesting guest this evening for 
dinner. A man named Douglas Foore, who brought his wife to 
the Inn. He told us he used to go to the Boys School here 
fifteen years ago and still remembers the dancing classes in 
the Ball Room. 


Week of May 21 - 27, 19#> inclusive 

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Thursday, May 2$, 19$0 Fair - Cool 

A recent Baptist Convention in Boston brought many 
.*. sight seers to the Inn and among them Rev. Clarke from Peru, 

Indiana. Rev. Clarke and his wife were very friendly and 
chatted with the Hostess at the Bar. Peru, Indiana, explained 
Rev. Clarke, is famous only as the birth place of Cole Porter, 
the famous song writer. The original "Old-Fashioned Garden" 
about which Cole Porter wrote his first song is in Peru, Indiana. 
Rev. Clarke went on to say that Cole Porter's mother is a member 
of the First Baptist Church of which Rev. Clarke is the pastor. 

Friday, May 26, 1950 Cold - Cloudy 

Mr. Laval, Mr. Rasquin, Mr. Suttell and Mr. Ries are 
four foreigners who cane to this country to do business with 
the national Battery Company in Marlboro. They all registered 
from the Guaranty Trust Co. of New York except Mr. Rasquin, who 
gave Brussels, Belgium as his home address. They spent several 
nights here leaving early each morning with their brief cases 
for a day of business. In between serious conversations they 
took time to ask questions about the Inn and to buy folders 
and post cards. 

Saturday, May 27, 1950 Cloudy 

A wedding Breakfast for a party of twelve was planned 
in the Old Kitchen for Miss Carter and her party from Brookline. 
A white table cloth was spread and adorned with a three-t'er 
white wedding cake banked with greens, pink rose buds and white 
sweet peas. 

The bride wore an ankle-length pink organdie dress 
and carried white roses. She wore a matching pink hat and pink 
satin shoes. Her bridal attendant was gowned in an identical 
dress of pale blue organdie and carried yellow roses. 

The bride cut her wedding cake and the couple left 
in a shower of confetti on their wedding trip. 

Week of May 28 - Jnne 3, 1950 incl. 

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Sunday, May 23, 1950 Pleasant 

Over one hundred and eighty women attending the meet- 
ings of the General Federation of Semens Clubs in Boston, boarded 
Gray Line busses for a sight-seeing tour this morning ending with 
luncheon at the Yayside Inn. This being Sunday, the women were 
served a typical New England Sunday dinner consisting of Roast 
Turkey and all the fixens. They moved into the large dining 
room slowly and quietly and after looking through the rooms of the 
Inn bought books and post cards to send "back home". They were 
from western, southern and middle-western states and for many 
this was their first visit in New England. Here they found the 
real New England atmosphere which they were seeking and expressed 
their appreciation of a most enjoyable time at the Wayside Inn. 

Monday, Way 29, 1950 Cloudy 

Out of the morning's heavy skies a cold rain fell in 
the afternoon and in front of the bar room fireplace was a 
favorite spot for our guests, especially those who stayed over- 
night. After breakfast, a young couple, the Millers from 
Providence, Rhode Island, asked if they might stay another night. 
They were intending to go home but Mrs. Miller said, "We like it 
so well here that although we both have appointments this after- 
noon in Providence which we have to keep, we would like to come 
back here if you can take us." The young people were very much 
pleased when told this would be possible. 

Tuesday, May 30, 1950 Cloudy 

Cloudy skies and a wet drizzle most of the day made 
this an unpleasant holiday for those who wanted to travel or 
eat "out" cr spend the day in the country. Consequently the 
usual "crush" of holiday guests was lacking. 

Two ladies, well known in the field of art, have 
been recent guests. Mrs. Henry Heineman of Garden City, Long 
Island, New York is an expert in flower arrangements. Her 
particular ability is to arrange flowers in antique containers. 




Week of May 28 - June 3, 1950 incl. 

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Tuesday, toy 30, 1950 (continued) 

Consequently she was interested in the flower arrangements 
here and couldn't resist the temptation to change the 
position of one little flower in one of our little pewter 
bowls. The other lady cane bursting into the Bar-room and 
greeted us like an old ftiend. She was Joy Buba of Huntington, 
Long island, an able sculptress and artist who exhibits her 
work in New York and spends the Summer months in New England. 
She stopped here last year on her way north and dropped in this 
year just to say "Hello". 

Wednesday, May 31 » 1950 Pleasant 

Light 8 bowers fell and it was dreary most of the 
forenoon. The afternoon brought the sun out and made things 
very warm and pleasant. 

Today the Gray Line brought a lovely family from 
Honolulu, Hawaii, Dr. and Mrs. '.Vlohta and their two darling, 
children Bonnie and Carol. It was Carol's birthday, so forfa 
present her mother bought her a Mary Lamb book. Carol loved it, 
and hurried quickly to the bus to show everyone her birthday 
present. The people on the bus, too, were enthused about the 
book. They sent Carol back to the Inn several times to buy 
them a copy of the Mary Lamb book. She was a fine little 
salesman and sold nine copies in all. 

Thursday, June 1, 1950 Rain 

One hundred and fourteen students and faculty 
members from the Atlantic Union College in South Lancaster 
were scheduled to have dinner at the Inn this evening. Follow- 
ing the dinner, the faculty members said a few words to the 
Graduating Class and the evening was concluded with group 

A seven o'clock wedding was planned at the Martha- 
Mary Chapel this evening for Miss Marjorie Nichols and 5lr. 
Maynard of Marlboro, Massachusetts. 

The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore 
a lovely mhite organdie gown. She wore a finger tip veil 
caught to a crown of orange blossoms and carried a white 
prayer book with a single white orchid. Three bridal attendants 
were gowned in pink and lime green organdy and carried sweet peas. 

Week of May 28th - June 3rd, 1950 

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Thursday, June 1, 193>0 (continued) 

A reception followd at the home of the bride in 

Friday, June 2, 19£0 Sunny - tfarm 

Mr* and Mrs. Dunn came to see their daughter graduate 
from Walnut Hill School in tfellesley today and returned to the 
Inn in the evening to spend the night. Nancy Jane had been 
given some lovely presents but there was one which seemed to be 
a great embarassment to the whole family. This was an innocent 
little black Irish setter puppy. Mr. Dunn explained they already 
had a dog at home and did not want another. They treated him 
very kindly, however, and when told he would have to spend the 
night in the boiler room went down to see that he would be comfort- 
ably fixed. In the morning the problem was solved. One of the 
Kitchen help said he would take the dog, where-upon he became the 
proud possessor of a most appealing and lovable puppy. 

Saturday, June 3, 19£0 Pleasant 

The Gray Line brought a group of fifty-six to Luncheon 
this soon. The ladies, all members of a 3$iristian Science 
Convention, being held in Boston, enjoyed luncheon in the large 
Dining Room of the Inn. 

Miss Ruth Thulin of Worcester, Massachusetts was married 
at a three o'clock service in the Martha-Kary Chapel today. 

Moving pictures were taken and a receiving line was 
held on the Inn lawn. A Buffet Tea for about fifty guests followed 
in the small Ball Room. 


Week of June h - 10, 1950 Inclusive 

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Sunday, June h, 1950 Partly Cloudy 

The old Inn was bubbling with gaiety and laughter 
today. Sweet girl graduates were seen everywhere and follow- 
ing them around were handsome young men and proud parents . *, 
They planned to eat "together" so several large tables to \ r $P^ S"~ 
accommodate fifteen or more were set up in the large dining .>\ cj^ 
room. The girls were fasinating and pretty and dressed in the &. f" y 
latest fashion and trappy as larks to be free of scholastic 
cares - at least temporally. Most of them have just finished 
preparatory school and will go on to College next Fall. Dana 
Hall and Walnut Hill schools in Vellesley wore well represented. 

Monday, June 5, 1950 Cold and Junny 

The nights are still cold enough so that fires in 
the fireplaces are necessaiy. During the day it gets warmer 
so that the front door can be opened with comfort. 

The Alumnae of A'ellesley College gathered today from 
all over the country. Some of them stayed at the Inn among 
them were ^-rs. Coates and her mother, Mrs* Millikin from 
New York. There was much reminiscing about .tellesley in the 
Ear room after breakfast this morning and it was discovered that 
this was the 50th Anniversary for Mrs. Millikin, the liveliest 
and wittiest of them all. 

The members of the Killwood Hunt often ride through 
the Inn grounds vdth their horses and do^s. Today one of the 
younger members, ITiss Hall, brought a notice of their final 
round-up which will be a Horse Shew to be held at haceland in 
Framingham. Four members of the Inn staff have been invited 
to this event. 

Tuesday, June 6, 1950 Pleasant 

Thirty boys and girls of High School age arrived 
for luncheon this noon from Uncasville, Connecticut. Uncasville 
is near New London and the trip was one of historical interest 
for the graduating class. They saved pennies and chartered a 
bus and were full of excitement when they reached here. Luncheon 
consisting of Baked Ham was served in the large Dining Room. 
Of course, there was ice cream for dessert. 


Week of June h - 10, 1950 inclusive 

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Tuesday, June 6, 1950 (continued) 

Later in the afternoon, the Martha-Mary Chapel was 
the scene of a wedding when Margaret Gessner of isorcester 
became the bride of Mr* G. A.ooderberg. A reception for about 
fifty guests followed in the small Ball Room of the Inn, This 
was prettily decorated with bright colored Spring flowers, and 
the wedding cake added to the attractive appearance of the room 
until the bride picked up a silver cake knife and cut the 
proverbial "first" piece. 

Wednesday, June 7> 1950 Hot 

Today it continued to be hot and humid as it has 
been for the last few days. 

This morning a group of thirty-three enthusiastic 
girl scouts from Weston, carce to visit the Inn and grounds. 

Recently, Paul Farmer, a former Wayside Inn School 
boy and his wife and two-^ear old son came to the Inn for an 
early morning breakfast. He and his family are visiting 
friends in Framingham and thought it would be nice to renew 
old acquaintances at Wayside. Kveryone was pleased to see 
him and learn that he was now living in Maryland and working 
Just outside of vashington, D. C. 

Thursday, June 8, 1950 Fair - Hot 

The past three days have been unseasonably warm and 
today the temperature zoomed up again to the upper nineties. 
Despite the extreme heat, the Inn welcomed n-any luncheons 
guests this noon. Among them came Mr. Guernsey Frost from 
Concord, Massachusetts. Mr. Frost entertained sixteen business 
associates at luncheon in the Old Dining Room. 

The luncheon today concluded a series of three 
luncheons given by Mr. Frost who always chooses for his guests 
our very delicious Roast Beef luncheon. 

Week of June h - 10, 1950 inclusive 

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Friday, June 9, 1950 Very Warm 

Yesterday's temperature was in the 90' s and today 
was Just as warm. It was very warm for the dancing class 
which was dismissed a few minutes early. This was Vr« Haynes' 
first class since his Illness about three weeks ago. 

Some of the Stock family arrived today for the 
wedding of Ann Stock which will take place on Monday, They 
drove from iioeley River, Ohio, Mrs. Stock holding her daughter's 
wedding gown on her knees all the way. It was a beautiful 
gown, lace over tulle, and she didn't want anything to happen 
to it. 

A picture of the vayside Inn appeared today in the 
Jack Pot, a contest which appears every day in the Boston Post. 
One clue is given besides the picture and it was "No Smoking 
Allowed". All day the phone kept ringing and people kept 
asking us about the no smoking. No one guessed it, however. 
and it will appear again in tomorrow's Post. 

Saturday, June 10, 1950 Fair - .'.arm 

Miss Stock, who is planning to be married in the 
Martha-Mary Chapel on Monday, gave a luncheon this noon for 
twenty-five members of the family and bridal party. 

Also, this noon ninety-five guests at the Doran- 
Cunningham wedding luncheon, were seated in the large Dining 
Room, wfeere the bridal couple received their guests and cut 
the traditional wedding cake. 

At five o'clock, Miss Elisabeth Bradway and Mr. 
barren V. Lee received one hundred and fifteen guests at a 
reception held in the large Ball room of the Inn. A Buffet 
Tea was served while appropriate music was rendered by Mr. 
Lyndall Rogers and a wedding cake was cut and served. 

Following this wedding the Ball room was cleared 
and made the setting for a Graduation Dance. The group 
firom Worcester consisted of about one hundred young people. 

Week of June 11 • 17, 1950 inclusive 

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Sunday, June 11, 1950 HLeasant 

No wonder June is the month for brides and awoet girl 
graduates t In June the sun smiles, the sky puts on its best 
blue cloak and the air is balogr and warm enough for pretty, 
fluffy dres es. Such were worn today by the many cirls from 
ffellesley College who dined with us. They will graduate tomorrow 
morning and here to see them receive their diplomas are parents 
and friends and brothers and sisters* .© had the fun of escort- 
ing them into the dining room - large groups of fifteen and 
twenty - and then to hear their cay chatter and joyous laughter. 
The fathers divided the total bill while the mothers, looking 
almost as young as the graduates, expressed their appreciation 
of a (pod dinner and charming atmosphere. They have come from 
far and wide and we are indeed fortunate to bJKve contributed 
something of interest and pleasure to this memorable occasion. 

Monday, June 12, 1°£0 Sunny - Cold 

A beautiful "rare" June day for the 3tock wedding to 
which we have all been keyed up for many days. I4iaa Dorothy 
Stock of Rocky River, Ohio was married to Hr# Charles Freeman 
of Springfield, Massachusetts at the Chapel. Over one hundred 
guests enjoyed the buffet tea served in the large ball room 
while Mr. Rogers and his orchestra played appropriate music 
in the background. The bride's gown has been described previous- 
ly and she looked very charming in it. She called it her 
"dream dress". The four maids of honor deserve to be mentioned. 
They wore white eyelet embroidery dresses over lavender slips 
with wide sashes tied in huge bows and slippers of the same 
lovely shado. They carried flat bouquets of blue delphinium 
with yellow flowers for contrast and wore coronets of the same 
in their hair. 

A young married couple, the Tracys, who always come 
at least once a year on their wedding anniversaiy, dropped in 
for breakfast this morning. Mrs. Tracy was goir*g to attend 
some activities of her class at ellesley and looked very young 
and girlish, dressed in white with a beautiful white orchid, 
a surprise gift from her still devoted husband. 

Week of June 11-17, 1950 inclusive 

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Tuesday, June 13, 1950 Pleasant 

We said good-bye to Mr. and Mrs. Stock and Grand- 
mother Stock Around noon-time and then prepared for the 
luncheon at one o'clock for wives of Naval Officers stationed 
at the Boston Navy lard. They were seated on the Porch and 
enjoyed stuffed Tomato Salad and Indian Pudding. There were 
thirty-five ladies under the direction of Mrs. Paul Cronk. 
Next we were invaded by two hundred and thirty ladies who 
came by bus to wander around the house and grounds and to have 
tea at three o'clock. This was a group from all over America, 
here in Boston to attend a convention with their husbands who 
are holding usetings while their women-folk see the historical 
sights of Boston and vicinity. A long Buffet Table was spread 
in the large Ball-room and the two hundred and thirty women 
filed by it to receive assorted sandwiches and fancy cakes. 
Hot coffee was popular too and after that a glass of Punch. 
They thought the house and" grounds were lovely and the food 
delicious, according to Mrs. Anne Baker Love who was in charge. 

Wednesday, June Ik, 1950 Pleasant - Cool 

This lovely day brought eighty luncheon guests. 
Mrs. McNally from Hudson brought her class of children to see 
the Inn. They were exceptionally well behaved and had a grand 
time touring the Inn. 

Also this noon we had a sweet little girl, Mary Ann, 
and her baby brother Johnny, who. of course were accompanied by 
their parents. Johnny was in his car bed in the Bar Room. 
Mr. Coulter and Mary Ann became real friends. Mr. Coulter took 
Mary Ann on a personally conducted tour of the Inn. Mary Ann 
liked the little black lamb, which we use as a door stop in the 
Old Kitchen the best. Mr. Coulter is wonderful with children 
and Mary Ann was very fond of him. 

Week of June 11 - 17, 19!?0 inclusive 

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Thursday, June l£, 1950 Warm 

Recent Gueats 

Several so-called "Old Timers" have stopped at the Inn 
for luncheon this week. Miss Nelson paid us two visits this 
week on her way between Boston and her brother's home in Northboro. 
Miss Howland and Mrs. Fisher, who, so far as we can gather, spend 
most of their time travelling through New lingland. Mr. and Mrs. 
Manter and Mr. and Lirs. McConnell also honored us with their 
presence this week. 

Friday, June 16, 19^0 Sunny 

Due to the illness of Mrs. Bennett and the fact that 
Mrs. Tallant, her substitute, could not teach today, there was 
no school for the Mary Lambers and therefore, no dancing class. 
In fact school will close this week on that account, although 
the picnic will take place on Tuesday as planned^ to the great 
delight of Mrs. Purdy,who always goes with them. 

Saturday, June 17, 19£0 Fair - Cool 

A wedding breakfast planned for a group of fifty, was 
held this morning in the large Dining Room for Miss Marion 
Sheridan and Mr. Donald Hanson of Maynard, Massachusetts. 

Max Thatcher, a Professor at the University of Connect- 
icut and his bride to be, Miss Mary Lynch, drove to Sudbury today 
and were united in marriage at the Martha-Mary Chapel, by Rev. 
Copp of Sudbury. Following the ceremony, the group of five 
enjoyed luncheon on the Porch, at the Inn. 

A second Chapel wedding took place at four o'clock this 
afternoon. Again Rev. Copp of Sudbury officiated at the ceremony 
and united Miss Marian Easter and Mr. Fred Paulson of ?/orcester, 
Massachusetts in marriage. 

Mr. Bertis Brown of Boston arranged a dinner party for 
fifteen M.I.T. Alumni of the Class of 190£. They were seated at 
one table in the Old Dining Room and all had a rollicking good time< 

A candle-light service at the Martha-Mary Chapel was 
planned for Miss Shirley MacGregar and Mr. William A. Brittain. 
A Buffet Tea followed the ceremony in the large Ball room of the 
Inn. Seventy-five friends and relatives gathered to extend their 
congratulations to the bridal couple. 

Week of June 18 - 21*, 19i>0 inclusive 
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Sunday, June 18, 19^0 Pleasant 

As the seasons change so our guests change. We are 
in the transitory period between Spring and Summer and our 
guests are changing from serious Winter and Spring activities 
to the pleasures of Summertime. We are saying good-bye to 
neighboring families as they leave for Sumner cottages at the 
seashore. On the other hand we are greeting visitors from the 
West and South who have started vacation tours through New 
England. Soon the friendly neighbors will have been completely 
replaced by throngs of our-of-state visitors. In September the 
scene changes again. The neighbors come back and the tourists 
go. Today we bid farewell to the Bucke family who are going to 
Cape Cod for the vacation period. The children were all smiles 
as they shook hands and skipped down the front walk. 

Mr.Andy Palmer from Dearborn, Michigan wa3 here today 
and told us about his new Military Inn. He left several booklets 
with information and pictures and we have enjoyed reading about 
his famous eating place with its rare collection of guns and 
pistols. He said he had been here once before and knew Mr. Ford 

Monday, June 19, 19^0 Cold - Rain 

Tm groups of children were shown through the house 
this morning. One group was from tVellesley, the other, made up 
of Grades 3 and k» was from Berlin, Massachusetts and the young 
teacher in charge was Mrs. Plummer, better known as Norma Gardner 
who waited on table here all last summer. All the children were 
attentive and well behaved, but Noma's little ones were out- 

The American Express Company will be coming every 
Monday through October l£th and the first group of twenty-seven 
arrived today. The same menu will be served each time, Chicken 
Pie topped off with the Cocoanut Layer Cake which seems to be a 
favorite with this particular Tour, 

Week of June 18 - 21*, 1950 inclusive 
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Tuesday, June 20, 1950 Pleasant 

The Porch was the setting this evening for a very 
pleasant Birthday party given for Mr. Fitts of Framingham n*io 
has been one of our regular guests for many years. Very often 
Mr. Fitts comes to the Inn with his two tall sons and their 
wives and always the grandchildren come too. Tonight one long 
table was arranged for fourteen and in addition to children and 
grandchildren there were several old and dear friends. Mrs. 
Flint placed a beautiful dish of garden flowers in the center 
of the table and lighted two tapers to give the table a more 
festive appearance. Just as daylight was beginning to fade away, 
a large Birthday cake was brought in and cut by the guest of 
honor. »Ve felt privileged to have shared in this 80th anniversary 
event and think the Inn was indeed honored as the chosen place 
for it. 

Wednesday, June 21, 1950 Pleasant and Cool 

With light showers early this morning, the day looked 
rather dreary, but towards noon a cool breeze filled the air and 
it remained pleasant for the rest of the day. 

The regular Orey Line brought thirty luncheon guests 
at noon time. Later in the afternoon the Gray Line came with 
a special sight seeing tour. They were a group of thirty Kappa 
Alpha Theta ladies who are having their 39th bi-annual convention 
at the New Ocean House in Swampscott. They enjoyed the tour 
through the Inn and because most of the women were from various 
parts of the United Stes thought the setting and atmosphere of the 
Wayside Inn was beyond description. 

Thursday, June 22, 1950 Fair - '-farm 

Mr. Barb, from Pennsylvania came to the Inn today to 
take moving pictures of one of our coaches. These color film3 
are to be used for Educational purposes. Pictures were taken 
as a coach, drawn by two white horses, approached the front 
entrance of the Inn and were greeted by the Landlord who was 
portrayed ty our Mr. Clarke. The part of Lafayette, arriving 
in the coach was taken by Mr. Barb. 

Week of June 18 - 21*, 1950 inclusive 
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Thursday, June 22, 1950 (continued) 

Everyone at the Inn enjoyed the festivities, as well 
as the guests, many of whom took pictures of the arrival of 
the coach at the Inn, 

Friday, June 23, 1950 Pleasant 

Mr. J, D. Hendryx, Advertising Manager for Chickering 
& Sons, East Rochester, New York, was here recently and of 
course intensely interested in the three pianos at the Inn made 
by his firm. The one in the large dining room, he informs us, 
appears to be the oldest and, if the number can be found, he will 
tell us the exact date. In 18 >0 Jonas Chickering entered into 
partnership with Capt. John Mackay. The firm was called Chick- 
ering and Mackay and many sweet -toned pianos were sent to South 
America in exchange for rosewood and finely grained mahogany. 
One of these pianos made between 1830 and 181*1 is in our old 
ball room. The large square piano in the large ball room is 
numbered 35,767 and records in possession of Chickering & Sons 
show that it was manufactured April 9, 1870. Mr. Hendryx sent 
us an excellent brochure entitled The Romance of the Chickerjmg - 
America's Oldest and Best-Loved Piano. Under the heading Historic 
Chickerings we learn that Jenny Lind, Franz Liszt, Abraham Lincoln 
and Longfellow all owned Chickering pianos and an important part 
of the Chickering historic collection is in the custody of the 
Ford Museum at Dearborn. These instruments. which include the 
first piano ever made by Jonas Chickering, his first upright and 
the earliest Chickering grand, are illustrated in the booklet "The 
Chickerings ■ in the Ford Museum provide unique examples of the 
art of piano making in America going back to the early part of 
the 19th Century ,when the first Chickering was made in 1823. 
This contribution is a salient feature of the late Mr. Ford's 
collections designed to preserve the important evidences of 
America's culture and progress from the earliest times to the 
present day. 

Saturday, June 2k, 1950 Very V/arm 

A wedding luncheon and two Chapel weddings followed 
by receptions at the Inn will conclude our June weddings. 

A wedding luncheon for seventy guests was planned 
for twelve noon in the large dining room. The bridal couple, 
Miss Marian Phinney and Mr. John D. sVinchester of Melrose were 
seated at the head table which was set for sixteen. Each table 
was adorned with pastel gladiola. A towering white cake was 

Week of June 18 - 21*, 1950 inclusive 


Saturday, June 21*, 1950 (continued 

placed in the center of the bride's table and banked with gladiola. 

A four o'clock wedding was planned at the Martha-Mary 
Chapel for Miss Patricia B. Pease and Mr. Robert M. Abbott of 
Grafton, Massachusetts. 

Miss Pease, a petite and very attractive blond, chose 
as her bridal gown cri3p white organdy, fashioned with a boufont 
skirt and puffed sleeves. A powder blue taffeta sash, blue 
shoes and touches of blue delphinium in her bridal bouquet, gave 
Miss Pease a touch of distinction and made her a truly lovely 
bride. Five bridal attendants in pastel dotted swiss gowns 
completed this colorful bridal picture. 

Following the wedding in the Chapel, one hundred and 
fifty guests greeted the bridal couple at a reception in the 
large 3all Room. 

JSarly evening brought seven Gray Line buses, with a 
group of about two hundred and fifty. This group, who were 
representatives from the National Newspaper Association were 
seated in the Old Dining Room and the Large Dining Room and 
partook of a Baked Ham Dinner. 

An eight o'clock wedding in the Chapel united in 
marriage Miss Barbara Joan Buck and Mr. Walter F. Alden of 
Medford, Massachusetts. 

A reception followed in the large Ball Room where a 
Buffet Tea was served to about one-hundred and fifty guests. 


Week of June 2£ - July 1, 1950 inclusive 
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Sunday, June 25>, 1950 Very Warm 

Notice of toe death of Jane Cowl, the actress, appeared 
in a recent newspaper and we were reminded that Miss Cowl was 
very fond of the Inn. She came here whenever she was playing in 
Boston. She used to come even before Mr. Ford bought the Inn 
and remembered Mr. Lemon well. She spoke fondly of Mr. Lemon when 
she lastevisited the Inn and pointed out some of the pieces of 
furniture which belonged to him. Undoubtedly he had told her 
about the Sheraton sofa in the Parlor which was once owned by 
Charlotte Cushman. Miss Cowl was the victim of cancer and her 
funeral was held in Hollywood. 

We are enjoying some of the flowers left from yesterday's 
weddings. Mrs. Flint has arranged them in old pewter containers 
and many of the guests have commented upon the color and styling - 
as modern, commercial florists term expert flower arrangements. 

Monday, June 26, 1950 Hot 

Mrs. Borgner, a grandmother of one of Saturday's brides, 
who has been staying here for several days, left this morning. She 
was very appreciative of everyone's kindness to her as she had to 
be left alone a good deal of the time. Yesterday, her 75th birth- 
day, was especially lonely but it just so happened that none of the 
family could be with her until today when they were planning to have 
luncheon with her. Of the four books loaned to her from the library 
she selected More Than Gold by George M. Adams as being the most 
worth while. In fact she intended to buy a copy to to a friend* 

Rev. and Mrs. Wallace Fiske and two children stopped for 
breakfast this morning on their way to their summer home in New 
Hampshire. Mr. Fiske is the Frater who has taken so many pictures 
of the Inn and individual groupings of antiques for use in his 

Tuesday, June 27, 19 £0 Pleasant 

Mr. and Mrs. Spofford from Berlin, Massachusetts, a little 
town about fifteen miles from here, celebrated their it5th wedding 
anniversary at the Inn today. They came modestly and quietly and 
just the two of them. We gave them a nice table in the old dining 
room and they enjoyed a Turkey Dinner. 

Week of June 25 - July 1, 1950 inclusive 
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Tuesday, June 27* 1950 (continued) 

The friendly rival of the Gray Line, namely the Copley 
Tour, arrived this afternoon with a group of sight-seers to go 
through the house. Copley makes practically the same trip through 
Lexington and Concord as the Gray Line but they do not come regular- 
ly. It is quite a chore keeping the various bus companies and their 
passengers in mind, where they come from and where they are goingi 

Wednesday, June 28, 1950 Pleasant 

Mr. Barb from the Haythen Production Company returned 
again today to take more pictures of the Wayside Inn for his 
educational films. Bert Caldwell loaned his two lambs and a few 
of the children from the Mary Lamb school took part in the activities. 
The directors had quite a struggle trying to get the lamb to follow 
"Mary" into the school house. Finally after much coaxing they decided 
to put one lamb inside the school building. Lo and behold, the other 
limb followed the first one right in. Miss Staples helped dress the 
children in their appropriate costumes and the film ended with Miss 
Fisher as the school teacher ringing the bell and greeting the children 
as they went happily into the little red school house. 

Thursday, June 29, 1950 Pleasant 

Mr. and Mrs. John Fox and all the little Foxes with their 
goods and chattels arrived at four o'clock this afternoon for a 
night's sojourn on their way to Maine. This is an annual stop-over 
for the Fox family and is becomming quite as much of a Wayside Inn 
tradition as when the Edsel Ford family used to stop over on their 
way to and from Seal Harbor. Besides Mother and Father Fox there 
are two Fox children and a Grandmother and maid who take over the 
two double rooms on the second floor plus two cots. Sometimes an 
additional room is needed. They retired early tonight and will 
be on their way again shortly after the sun comes up tomorrow 
morning. They still have over two hundred miles to go. 

Week of June 2£ - July 1, 1950 inclusive 
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Friday, June 30, 1950 Cool 

Thirty-one people came with the Cook's Tour today, 
the first of the season. They will come every Friday through 
the summer. 

Mrs. Lowell of South Sudbury, substituting for Mrs. 
Stone during her recent illness is making everything shine, 
especially the table tops in the bar room. She loves to bring 
out the natural color and a wooden bowl has taken on a beautiful 
sofe reddish hue. 

One of the hostesses from Williamsburg, Virginia, 
visited the Inn this week. She is Mrs. Margaret tfitten and when 
we told her how much we admired the costumes with the full skirts 
she told us they were called farthingales. 

Saturday, July 1, 19^0 Very Mrm 

There was only one wedding today. This occurred in the 
late afternoon and was attended by about one hundred and twenty- five 
guests, friends and relatives of Miss Jean Graham of Marlborough. 
She was married to Mr. Philip M. Smithers in the Chapel at five 
o'clock. And a very pretty bride was she I Her gown was quite 
unusual with a lace tunic and matching lace veil and matching lace 
mitts. The groom was a handsome young man from Pennsylvania and 
brought with him a very good looking group of ushers. The best 
man was another tall, handsome fellow and altogether the wedding 
party with attractive bridesmaids in pastel gowns was one of the 
prettiest we have seen. The receiving line formed in the large 
Ball room and a Buffet Tea was served. The wedding cake was cut 
in the proverbial manner and the happy couple left amid a clanking 
of tin cans tied to the rear of their carl 


July2-July8, 1950 

Noted 8/11/08 

Yfeek of July 9 - 15, 1950 inclusive 
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Sunday, July 9, 1950 Very Warm 

In Spite of the fact that many native New Englanders 
as well as tourists from all parts of the United States drove to 
the sea-coast towns and beaches today seeking relief from the 
sultry high temperature, there were still many who travelled 
inland to visit historic shrines and other points of interest. 
We are in the thick of the vacation season. People are going 
from place to place visiting friends and famous landmarks. 
Among our guests was Mrs. A. de San Carlo from St, Jean de Lux, 
France. She is visiting her son, a student at the School of 
Business Administration, Harvard University, A most attractive 
woman, Mrs. de ^an Carlo was typically French in her accent and 
mannerisms and dressed in the smart French manner. She has si x 
more children at home she informed Flora who waited upon her in 
the dining room and was much pleased when Flora continued the 
conversation in French, 

Monday, July 10, 1950 Pleasant 

After a very cool night it stayed cool and cloudy all 
day but no rain fell. Two Gray Line buses brought fifty people 
for lunch. A group of thirty-six came on the American Express 
Company Tour. The conductor, Mr. Keller, introduced one of the 
hostesses to a lady weated on the porch. She was Mrs. Mo ran 
from Chicago and said she wanted to send us a powder horn some- 
what like the one hanging over the fireplace in the bar room. 
She said it might be a later period as it has a screw top made 
of pewter. 

Tuesday, July 11, 1950 Pleasant 

Thirty-one people from Spokane, Washington arrived 
today via Gray Line bus and enjoyed luncheon served on the 
Porch. They are having a cross-country tour from coast to 
coast making most of the mileage by train. When they reach 
a scheduled stop they are taken in busses to see the sights. 


Week of July 9 - 15, 1950 inclusive 

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Tuesday, July 11, 1950 (continued) 

A recent guest -was Mr. H. B. Low from Sac City, Iowa. 
He was making his first visit to New England on a Carton Tour. 
After luncheon Mr, Low stopped for a few minutes at the old Bar 
and told us that he had been a Ford Utaler for thirty-seven years. 
Said he sold his first Ford car in 1911. 

Mr. Lagerman, house-guestj brought in a green bouquet 
which he had gathered in the woods near the Inn. It consisted of 
choke cherry, elder, hazelnut and oak leaves. 

'Tednesday, July 12, 1950 Thunder Showers 

This was a day of tours, •specially at noon time. The 
Copley Tour from Boston brought a small group of people who were 
served luncheon in the old Dining Room. Next came the Carton 
Tour from Chicago with thirty-five who ate a Chicken Pie Luncheon 
on the Porch. The regular Gray Line Tour brought thirty-one 
passengers while the large dining room accommodated seventy-one 
Reading Rail Ramblers on a special sight-seeing trip from Pennsyl- 
vania and vicinity. 

Mr. Robert Hamilton from the Dearborn Inn arrived this 
morning to spend a few days here. He is occupying the Garden Room. 

Thursday, July 13, 19^0 Very Pleasant 

The bright and early sunshine today brought with it 
a group of six children, each about nine years old. They were 
accompanied by their lovely young teacher, Miss Lowell, and all 
were from Needham, Massachusetts. Miss Lowell is taking the 
children ? whom she has had in her class in the public school, on 
daily vacation trips around Boston. They have been to an Esplanade 
Concer, Franklin Park, the sea shore and today, the Wayside Inn. 

HvymX } 

During the noon hour we welcomed twenty-eight gentlemen 
who are representatives of the Hood Rubber Company in Watertown. 
They are located in various parts of the united States and called 
into the home office for counsel and conferences. The Company was 
particularly anxious to show them some true New England atmosphere 


Week of July 9 - 1$, 193& inclusive 

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Thursday, July 13, 1950 (continued) 

and arranged luncheon for then in our old dining room. Miss 
Staples took them on a tour of the house and our popular 
Letter Booklets were distributed to the men before they left 
the dining room. All expressed appreciation for a very pleasant 

A group of teachers from Washington, D. C. were also 
luncheon guests this noon and enjoyed a happy meal together on 
the Porch. They are in Boston attending conferences of the 
National Home Economics Association. 

Friday, July Hi, 19!>0 Cool - Clear 

Preparations for the Thompson wedding ^which takes 
place tomorrow, are under way. The bride's mother, Mrs. Charles 
Thompson of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, said that so many of 
their friends were in the east they decided to have the 
wedding here. The groom is Robert Kelsey of Cambride and Mr. 
Thompson lived in Sudbury as a youhg boy. All the mothers who 
come to arrange weddings for their daughters are charming, but 
Mrs. Thompson was especially so. She is talented as well, paints 
in oils and has recently taken up ceramics. She made a lovely 
little bride and groom of clay, glased in soft pastel shades, 
which will grace the top of the wedding cake tomorrow. v.e are 
keeping it safely tucked away in the meantime. 

Saturday, July 1$, 1950 Pair and Warm 

One of the loveliest weddings ever held in the Chapel 
took place this afternoon when Miss Theodosia Thompson from 
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan was married to Mr. Robert Kelsey. 
The bride is a graduate of the School of Occupational Therapy, 
Boston, and two of her former patients assisted with the wedding. 
One of them played the organ while the other young man arranged 
the flowers. He has recently opened a flower shop and this was 
his first large assignment. 

Mrs. Kelsey is the sixth Theodosia. She is descended 
from Steer son, Sargent, Haynes and Howe lines - all familiar 
names in the history of Sudbury and the Wayside Inn. The fourth 
Theodosia was a guest at the wedding and is eighty-seven years 

7/eek of July 9 - 15, 1950 inclusive 

oaturday, July 15, 1950 (continued) 

After the wedding ceremony and reception in the large 
Ball Room, and after the bride had taken off her chantilly lace 
veil and donned her "going away" costume, the guests lingered at 
the front door to say good-bye. And even after the happy couple 
had departed, the Pmersons, Sargents, Haynes and Howes > stayed on 
to talk with Mr. and Mrs. Thompson until way beyong the supper 
hour. Mrs. Thompson explained that it was the first gathering 
of the family in years and it meant a great deal to them all to 
have the sixth Theodosia married at the Wayside Inn. It was 
like being married in an old ancentral home. 


Week of July 16 - 22, 19$0 inclusive 

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Sunday, July 16, 1S>£0 Cloudy 

There is a lot of talk around the Inn about baseball. 
The Boston Braves and Red Sox are our "home" teams and their 
pitching and batting is being watched closely. Not only the 
men are interested in keeping the score but many women follow 
the baseball news with a great deal of enthusiasm and intelligencei 
Mrs. Stidger for one. She New into the Bar room this evening 
practically breathless and apologized profusely for being late 
for her supper reservation. She was listening to the Bell game 
on the radio and said she just "couldn't leave." The Boston 
Red Sm were playing the Cleveland Indians. Mrs. Stidger has been 
coming to the Inn quite frequently since her husband passed away. 
He was the Reverend /frlliam L. Stidger of the School of Theology, 
Boston University and former Methodist minister. He was located 
in Detroit at one time and knew Mr. Ford well. 

Monday, July 17, 1950 Muggy 

Two swallows were discovered one morning in the old 
dining room by Mrs. Stone. They were fluttering around trying 
desperately to get out. jhe caught first one and then the other 
holding it quietly in her hands until it stopped its frantic 
struggling. Then she let thai go out doers and they disappeared. 
Pretty soon we noticed a great comotion going on in the darkness 
of the chimney and we realised that there must be a family of 
little ones up there. Soon the father and mother birds returned to 
the nest and all was well. 

Tuesday, July 18, 1950 Pleasant 

KahM uniforms are beginning to filter in among our 
guests and suggest a very grim picture. It is still a shock to 
see our fine young men in the traditional uniform of the United 
States army and hard to believe that we are at war again. 

Mrs. Carl H-. Strahra of 'jillard, Ohio a recent guest, 
told of her formula for livin .;;. She said it was a verse from 
one of Longfellow 1 s poems which she learned in the second grade. 

"Look not mournfully into the past 
It comes not back again 
Vfisely improve the present 
It is yours. 

Go forth into the shadowy future 
without fear and with a manly heart." 


Week of July 16-22, 1950 inclusive 

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Wednesday, July 19, 1950 Pleasant 

This morning Rev. Miller from Framingham cane with a 
group of children from his church. Miss Staples showed them 
through the Inn and when she came to the story of Longfellow 
and his friends telling their tales in the Parlor, one little 
fellow spoke up and said very seriously, M 0h, I do wish they 
were all here now and around this room." 

The Bixler Tour which has been coming once during 
the Summer every Summer for years and years arrived today 
with thirty- five members. They were delighted with their tour 
of the Inn and their luncheon served in the old dining room . 
Their tour, from Hiram, Ohio lasts sixteen days. From here 
they will go to Boston and then to the Adirondacks and Lake Placid. 

Thursday, July 20, 1950 Rainy and Cold 

Despite rain and dampness, we had many visitors at 
the Inn today. Fifty- three traveler:, came on the Gray Line 
Tour and on the National Education Association Tours - twenty 
guests were served luncheon. This was the last trip of the 
National i'ducation Association this season. 

Two very interesting people came to see the house 
later in the day. They were Sister Joseph Mary and Sister 
Agnes Cecilia, celebrating their Golden Jubilee. The 
former was from De Smet, Idaho and is a teacher of Indian 
children and the second sister teaches at St. Joseph's Academy 
in Sprague, V&shington. 

Friday, July 21, 1950 Clear and Sunny 

1 TJ 

A guest sjjtid this morning "what a wonderful day I 
and the hostess "a wonderful day for taking pictures I " and 
the guest replied "A wonderful day for anything I " 

Mr. and Mrs. Archibald from Hartford, Connecticut 
stopped for dinner last night and had as their guests three 
men in the uniform of the Royal Netherlands Navy. Two were 
from Amsterdam and one from Rotterdain,%ne of them wrote 
Reverend in front of his name. r^ost of their conversation 
was in Dutch but they seemed very pleased with everything, 
especially their tour of the Inn with the Archibalds after 

Week of July 16 - 22, 1950 inclusive 
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Saturday, July 22, 1950 Pleasant 

Miss "fl.aine Byrne* daughter of Or, "Tilliam R. Byrne, 
of Holliston, was married at the ISartha-Mary Chapel today and 
then bad her reception in the small ball room where wedding 
guests were served ice cream and cake, buffet style. 

Two large bouquets of white carnations and gladiolas 
adorned the two mantels and greens were banked around the 
lovely thr^e tiered wedding cake. 

Later in the afternoon we welcomed a second bride 
and grooiu from their wedding in the Chapel., Hr. and Mrs. 
Luther 7irgil Schenk. The bride was formerly Kiss Virginia 
Thompson, daughter of Mr. John C. Thompson of fellesley Hills. 
The bride wore traditional white with a short lace veil and 
her bridesmaids were dressed in pale green and yellow organdy 
gowns with ma telling picture hats» 


Week of July 23 - 29, 19 £0 incl. ^\p 

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Sunday, July 23, 19#> Pleasant 

Kiss Fisher played the organ in the Ivlartha-Mary 
Chapel this afternoon when Miss Rita Butler became the bride 
of Chester Kalstrom. About forty friends of the happy couple 
witnessed the ceremony and later held an informal reception 
in the vestibule to congratulate them and speed them on their 
way with many good wishes. Both the bride and groom were from 
Auburn, Massachusetts. 

re never fail to see Mr« Jenkins when he pays the 
Inn a visit. He is always more or less conspicuous with his 
long white beard and ruddy complexion. He has looked the 
same for many years and today he hadn't changed a bit. And 
Mr. Jenkins never fails to remind us that he was once a Ford 
dealer, around 191>, and sold Hddel T cars. Ke lives in 
Milford, Massachusetts and is quite a character. Today he 
was sporting a cane made from the stalk of the Palm or Cocus 
Plumosa tree. 

Monday, July 2U, 1950 Clear - uarm 

Our family of little chimney swallows is prospering 
and every time they are fed the baby birds set up quite a 
twittering. People stop and ask what that sound is and when 
it was explained to one young boy all he could say was, "Well, 
I'll be darned!" Another guest said to his wife "There is a 
cricket in there", and his wife said that we even had a "cricket 
on the hearth." 

A man from Pittsburgh stepped at the desk today and 
asked if he might come back some time and get a record of the 
ticking of the parlor clock. often have requests to take 
pictures but this is the first time anyone requested permission 
to take sound recordings. The man said he wo ^d have had his 
recording machine in his car but that he had been stopped at 
the Canadian border and >iad to send his machine home. 

aek of July 23 - 29, 19$0 incl. 
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Tuesday, July 25, 1950 Pleasant 

An elderly couple from Lakewood, Ohio cane to the 
Inn recently and said that they were here in 192U and remembered 
seeing Mr. Ford, Mr. Firestone and Mr. Edison here at the sane 
time. They remembered every little detail of their visit such 
as the fact that tissue gingham dresses were just coming into 
vogue. Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Firestone were each wearing a tissue 
gingham dress. Mr. Edison sat in the old Ball room until Mrs. 
Edison came in and asked him if he would like a glass of milk. 
This association with such distinguished people has been 
cheriihGd by these Ohio folks for many years and they were 
indeed thrilled to be back in the setting which has meant so 
much tc then. 

Tne very same day another couple, Mr. and Mrs. Charles 
P. Ross of Los Angeles, California were here for sentimental 
reasons. Mrs. Ross explained that when she was Miss Alice Burge 
in l°2li she ; too found Mr. Ford here at the Inn and he kindly 
posed for a picture which she took with her camera. She (aid the 
picture was so good she had it enlarged and framed. 

Wednesday, July 26, 1950 Cool - Pleasant 

Thirty-six boys from seven to nine years of age went 
through the Inn today and derived a great deal of pleasure from 
their visit. The hostess on duty at the time said "they ^ust 
loved it". They were from a Y.M.C.A. Boys camp at .insocet, 
Rhode Island. Every week they go on a trip. Last week they 
visited Plymouth Rock. 

One of our sight-seers today contributed a bit of 
interesting information regarding our old bottles. Shfl said 
that the reason for the variety of shapes and sizes was due 
to the fact that most of the bottles in the old days were kept 
in dark cellars or wine rooms. Due to inadequate lighting it 
was necessary to pick your bottle in the dark, so to speak. 
You identified your drink by the shape of the bottle rather 
than by the label. 


Week of July 23 - 29, 1950 incl. 

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Thursday, July 27, 1950 Cool - Fleasant 

The early morning fire in the bar-room gave a 
cheerful glow to all the travelers of the day as they 
were greeted by the hostesses. One guest in particular 
stands out among the rest. A little boy, about nine years old, 
came into the room and exclaimed "what a nice old-fashioned 
house and a nice old-fashioned fireplace." Looking at the 
musket with eyes ablaze, said quickly" this is the first time I 
e er saw a gun like that i " x Wer e they really like that then? '• 
"Yes," was the hostess's reply. "I'm going to look around for 
some more guns I" Then dashing through the Tap room door he 
shouted "Look at the Bunderlusti". 

Friday, July 26, 1950 Warm 


Due to the serious illness of her mother, Mrs. 
Flint j has not been able to work for several weeks and we 
were very glad to welcome her back today. Miss Hamilton left 
on Thursday to spend the week-end until Wednesday at her former 
home at Lake Placid, New York. 

Another Frater and his wife dropped in this morning 
to see us, Dr. Ellsworth Keamon from Syracuse, New York. Their 
two daughters, Caroline and Judy were with them, all looking 
very healthy and tanned and full of pep, having just spent 
several weeks on the Cape. On their way back they spent the 
night at the home of Dr. Wallace Rose, another Frater, and 
said they simply could not go by the Inn without coming in to 
say hello. Dr. Reamon said he had to see the Kitchen, the 
favorite room (hiring the Retreat. After a quick trip through 
the other rooms and a pause for a second on the front steps 
for ■ picture to be taken, they were off. 

Saturday, July 29, 1950 Very Warm 

A wedding luncheon for a group of one hundred was 
scheduled to take place in the large Dining Room this noon. 
A bridal table for eight was set and attractively decorated 
with several bouquets in pastel colors. The bridal couple, 
Salter 3. Dooley of Dorchester and his bride the former Imry 
A. Cronin of Weston, were seated at the table with the bridal 
attendants and an honored guest, £dwart T. Cronin, Secretary 
of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 


fieek of July 23 - 29, 19S0 inclusive 

Saturday, July 29, 19S0 (continued) 

Following the luncheon and the cutting of the 
wedding cake the couple left on a wedding trip through 

New England, 

Kiss IHisabeth 3uigley of Newton Center was 
married today at a three o'clock service in the Hartha- 
Mary Chapel. The bride, a graduate of the Framingham 
State Teachers College, looked charming in her full length 
satin gown trimmed with lace. She wore a finger tip veil, 
caught to a lace crown and carried a small old-fashioned 
bouquet. Her attendants, all classmates at Framingham. 
were gowned in yellow marquisette and carried old-fashioned 

A Buffet Tea was served in the large Ball room 
for a group of one hundred guests. 

Week of July 30 - August 5, 1950 inclusive 

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Sunday, July 30, 1950 Very warm 

Today fflt are observing the birthday of our friend and 
benefactor Mr. Henry Ford. If he were living he ^ould be 
eighty-seven years old. This is also the birthday of another 
faithful friend, Miss Agnes Condon who has been in charge of the 
dining room ever since Mr. Ford purchased the Inn. 

Dr. and Mrs. Clarke of New York City have been spending 
the week-end here vith their daughter. Mrs. Clarke^ mother i» 
in a Nursing Home in nearby Northboro and the Clarkes are spending 
as much time as possible with her. They ore lovely people end 
since discovering the Inn as a .lace to stay overnight they have 
been here several times in the last few months. 

Monday, July 31, 1950 Cooler 

The glow and wi rmth of a fire in the fireplace gave 
a cheerful elcome to members of the American Express Tour this 
damp, cool day. The twenty- three guests under the direction of 
able Mr. Keller enjoyed luncheon served on the Porch. 

Two colored people ere very much interested in the Inn 
today. They seemed particularly anxious to learn something of 
it's history end hen told that the house wtm built two hundred 
and sixtfy^four ysers ego, the gentleman exclaimed: "Well, I knew 
it was getting on I" 

Another couple who expected to stay here only ■ few minutes 
became so interested they spent an hour wandering through the rooms. 
On their way out they said they were from Yonkers, New York ?nd 
that in the Dutch language Yonkers means a young nobleman, Jonheers. 

Tuesday, August 1, 1950 Pleascnt 

Mrs. Gordon L. Johnson dropped in for Breakfast the other 
morning and told us about her eating pi— called the Great House 
on Route 1 nine miles beyound Providence, Rhode Island. She and her 
husband serve dinners every evening and make e specialty of unusual 
salads. They make a very fine Tossed salad which they serve with 
especially tender and thick steak. 

Another important guest this week was Mr. Philip D. Johnson 
of Chicago who is a representative of the National Restaurant 
Association. They made a film called "America* s Heritage of Hospitality" 
in which some interesting scenes were taken right here at the Inn. 
Mrs. Flint, our very pretty hostess, was dressed in Puritan costume for 

Week of July 30 - August 5, 1950 inclusive 

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Tuesday, August 1, 1950 (continued) 

for the picture and appeared as a typical guest of the 
Colonial period. Mr. Johnson is going to msJce t special effort 
to have the film shown at one of our local moving picture 
theatres so that we call all see it. 

Wednesday, August 2, 1950 Cool 

The morning's mail brought several cards from Miss Fisher 
who arrived at her destination in Maine safely. She has gone to 
Southport to spend the month of August rLth her t^o sisters. They 
/are staying at s very comfortable looking lodge called the 
^Rendezvous' 1 . While we have had some unual Summer heat to contend 
with, Miss Fisher reports that she is forced to weer two outside 
coats in order to keep warm I 

Barbara Eaton Ewreneau, who has been on our hostess staff 
off and on for several years before her marriage, filled in at the 
desk today rhile Miss Hamilton, now Mrs. McCrady, contined to enjoy 
the scenic beauties of the L:ke Plr.cid region of New York state 
where she is spending her Honeymoon. 

Thursday, August 3, 1950 Cloudy 

Mrs. McCrady returned today and ^?s greeted by all thw 
Inn-ers ith congratulations and good wishes. Everyone wants her 
to have a very ha. py married life. She was married last Saturday 
morning in the Congregational parsonage in South Sudbury and 
Rev. John Copp officiated at the ceremony. Mrs. McCrrdy entertained 
us today ith an account of her trip to Lake Placid end the 
Adirondack region. She and her husband visited Santa Claus Village 
at White Face Mountain which has been recently built for the 
amusement and pleasure of curious little children. Both Mr. and Mrs. 
Claus sre there to shake hands vlth the visitors Jid there *re many 
quaint, odd shaped buildings of different colors ^hich form the 
village. Animals are running around and there is a lolly-pop tree. 
"Just like something out of a Fairy Tsle book" said our bride. 

Friday, August U> 1950 Pleasant 

A party of six came in #or Breakfast this morning and in 
the group was Mr. Harry G. Rogers of Williamsport, Pennsylvania who 
owns one of the tro pencil collections in America. Mr. Rogers h^s 
collected over 5,000 pencils rnd keeps them in cases of fifty pencils 
each. Imagine the variety of shapes -^nd sises and colors vrhich 
must be represented in such a pencil collection! 

Week of July 30 - August 5, 1950 inclusive 

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Friday, August A, 1950 (continued) 

The Cook Tour from New York made their usual Friday 
luncheon stop today and brought twenty- four passengers who enjoyed 
looking through the Inn. After luncheon they bought many books 
and post-cards to send to friends and relatives "beck home". 

Saturday, August 5, 1950 Clear rnd Fair 

Miss J?me Bartlett of Holden and Mr. Robert Meson were 
married at the Chapel today at 4:30 o'clock. The reception followed 
in the large Ball-room where the tables were appropriately decorated 
■ith greens and white gladiolas. The bride wore a white lace and 
nylon net gown -vith ■ short veil caught in a crown of white lace. 
Her bridesmaids wore gowns of soft lavender end pale ^ink with small 
baskets of varied flowers and flowers in their hair. 

L ter in the evening a pre-nuptial dinner was served in the 
Old Kitchen for Miss Elisabeth WarrtB* Her wedding is to be held in 
the Msrtha-M^ry Chapel tomorrow. White garden flowers and the red 
and white table linen added to the spirit of the affair and the 
tradition of the Inn. 

AUG 6 through 12 

(noted 8/14/08) 


Week of August 13 - 19, 1950 inclusive 
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Sunday, August 13, 1950 Pleasant 

Again we were pleased to talk with the teen-agers 
from Florida who are working in the Connecticut tobacco fields. 
A bus load of then stopped for an hour or so this morning and 
the youngsters walked through the rooms of the Inn. Most of 
them have never seen a house as old as this one and they were 
truly interested. They told us that their homes are near 
Tampa, Florida and in typical Southern accent asked - "Do 
you all have post cards?" 

Penny and Patty are twin dolls belonging to little 
Miss Lynne Tuhaceke from Cleveland, Ohio. They arrived at 
the .iayside Inn today safely tucked in the arms of their 
mother, ovjb in each arm. Lynne said they enjoyed the bus 
ride from Cleveland to Boston very much indeed. 

Monday, August lti, 1950 Cool - Pleasant 

A young gentleman when given instructions by the 
hostess on how to tour the Inn said quickly "If I go left I 
may be ri ht but if I go right, will I be left?" 

Mr. E. Davidson of Brookline stopped today to 
renew memories. Many years a(;o he had slept in the Longfellow 
room and his guest was George C. tar shall, who was then attached 
to the National Guard at Franingharo. 

The usual American Express tour arrived at the Inn 
as scheduled and was served luncheon. Also we welcomed to the 
Inn Mr. Stewart Byrne from Araershan, England and Oar Parkhouse, 
Portsmouth, hjigland. 

Tuesday, August 15, 1950 Pleasant 

The Sudbury Librarian, Elizabeth Atkinson, became 
very much interested in the fact that Mr. Ford 1 s birthday 
occurred on Sunday, July 30th and she arranged a special list 
of books which the library owns regarding his life. She makes 
a plea in the local newspaper for more books about him because 
he is, of course, the Met significant international fi-ure 
everf connected with the town of Sudbury. She says that the 



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Tuesday, August 15, 1950 Pleasant 

town shoulJ . iiOre relics and books relating to Ids visits 
here. He made history for the town and she asks that any 
material bearing on the subject be given to the library. 

Another item of interest to the town of Sudbury is 

(:-. report of Hiss Lottie K. Smith of the Massachusetts 
Audubon Society who has identified thirty-six birds in the 
new Vild Life Sanctuary belon.-ing to thn Ewmctmaott* Fedei 
tion of Somen's Clubs. This is property formerly owned by 
the Vayside Inn. 

Wednesday, August 16, 1950 Pleasant 

A memorable day. The Inn appeared on Television 
for the first tint in all its long history. Th* old ritin - 
arm chair, the early Pilgrim chair and the lovely old tavern 
table from the iiar-room were transported in to one of the 
Boston TV stations, W3Z to be exact, and a tiny room set up 
with fireplace in the background. Several smaller items such as 
pipe tongs, bed warmer, wafar iron and pip* box were placed 
around the room to give the proper atmosphere. Then Ruth Ley 
who has a Television show called "All about People", sat down 
I. m indscr chair with I ias . -taples opposite in the old 
l"fU chair and a lively little conversation ensued about the 
.ay side Ian. "iss lay asked ."iss staples to tell aometh"' 
of its history and present day activities. Those listening 3 
or rather "seeing 1 ^ thought they wore seeing an actual rvtm at 
the Inn and that ' iss Ley and y.iss staples were right here in 
South Sudbury. 

Thursday, August 17, 1950 Pleasant 

There was so much excitement around the Inn yester- 
day because of the Television show that vre neglected to en 
the Bixler Tour group which after all is very important in 
general news of this old Inn. Tlie Tixlers are Tour conductors 
from way back and have been coming to the Inn with their groups 
for many years. They come from Ohio. The reason they made 
history yesterday was because this was tha second group to 
come here this season. re dxler said they had an "overflow' 
from the tour in July and had to make another trip in August. 
tally they have just one trip. 


Week of August 13 - 19, 1950 incl. 

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Thursday, August 17, 19£0 (continued) 

Lovely Mrs. Cartinhour was our houseguest tonight 
and* all were glad to see her . L . It has been about two 
years since -r. Cartinhour took his own life and this is 
the first time -rs. Csrtinhour has been here alone. All 
expressed sympa i i understanding and we hope she will 
r turn on her way back from Nova -cotia. 

Friday, August 18, 19£0 Pleasant 

right and early this morning we had at our 
doorstep twenty-five eager young boys who were very 
anxious to explore the In.i. These boys are all Y; 
boys who are camping in Maine, i^ch week they have a 
special trip planned for their entertainment. 

Again we welcomed the Cook Tour from New York. 
They enjoyed a delightful luncheon on the Porch. 

This evening we were all pleased to see Mrs. 
Bowker from Worcester. ?'rs. Sowker stopped in to have 
dinner with her friends Mr. and Mrs. Dykeman. 

Saturday, August 19, 19!?0 Showers 

Much needed rain finally arrived today after 
a two week drought, but it didn't/ discourage Hr« Delany, 
one of cir house guests, fron climrin . Nobscot. From 
the summit could be seen mountain ranges in /ermont and 
New Hampshire. 

. Babcock from Filton, I. f assachusetted stopped 
today to see the old spinet in the Parlor. He believes it 
is one made by his ancestors for he owns one just like it. 
r. Babcock also told the hostess an intezesting story of 
the forty-eight Minute 'en from Milton and how he owns a 
copy of their diary. Whan he finds time he would like to 
send a copy to the decendants of each of the forty-eight 


Week of August 20 - 26, 1950 inclusive 
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Sunday, August 20, 19^0 Pleasant 

» There is so much to do these days to take care of 

many tourist-guests we seem to neglect our feathered friends 
and the little creatures who make their home in the environ- 
ment of this old Inn. But we have not forgotten them. As 
if to remind us that they are being over-looked, a dear little 
Tree toad climbed laboriously to the top of the screen door. 
He perched himself on top of the high narrow casing and sat 
there until Mr. Coulter came along and mistook him for a tiny 
bird's nestl It was a precarious position and fortunately 
Mr. Coulter did not slam the door. Otherwise the poor little 
toad would have landed on top of Mr. Coulter's head. This 
tragedy or rather comedy was avoided and upon closer examination 
it was discovered that this friendly little creature could be 
easily removed with the aid of a broom. Mr. Coulter gave him 
a gentle shove and he dropped to the base of a tree where we 
think he felt much more at home. 

Monday, August 21, 1950 Pleasant 

Our nost important guest today was Mrs. Emma B. Collier, 
ninety years old, who stopped here for dinner with her daughter 
Mrs. Ldmunds of Poughkeepsie, New Tork. "Mother is the liveliest 
member of the party" said Mrs. hdmunds who went on to explain that 
she and her mother and a friend have been on a ten day trip in 
Vermont and New Hampshire. Mrs. Edmunds wanted rooms for the night 
but because of previous reservations we were not able to accommodate 
them, ve recommended Mrs. Gould's Tourist home about three miles 
down the road and Mrs. Collier, the ninety~year old of the party, 
was perfectly happy and contented to change her plans. She had 
looked forward to staying here, but went merrily on her way with 
daughter and friend, promising to come back to the Inn for breakfast. 
A good sport. 

Tuesday, August 22, 1950 Pleasant 

Every Summer we like to take a typical day and record 
the number of States represented by our guests. This year we 
chose today and this is the list: 

Michigan New York New Jersey 

Pennyslvania Maryland Louisana 
Massachusetts Florida Arizona 
Illinois Connecticut Ohio 

Indiana Virginia 


Week of August 20 - 26, 19!?0 inclusive 

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Wednesday, August 23, 19f?0 Pleasant 

It seems as if we had talked with an unusually large 
- v number of people this Summer who formerly lived in this vicinity 

and are returning for the first time in many years. Among those 
who recalled the Inn as a place of pleasant memories was Iftaf 
Lillian G. Harrington of Everett, Massachusettsj>who said that she 
used to live in Vayland and in 1892 the tfayland High School Senior 
class had their graduation party here. Another visitor who told 
an interesting story was Dr. James B. Pentz an ancestor of Ruben 
Puffer?. who founded the first church in Berlin, Massachusetts. 
Puffers are well known in Sudbury. The name Puffer is associated 
with many of the interesting historical events of the town. 

Thursday, August 2li, 1950 Pleasant 

The Gray Line proved today that this is the very top 
peak of the tourist season. Ninety-six passengers, the largest 
load this Summer, were aboard when the long gray busses drew up 
at the front gate. These ninety-six hungry people were shown 
into the large dining room where luncheon was ready to be served. 

At supper time we welcomed forty-one men and women 
from the Montclair Teachers College in New Jersey. They were 
prepared to take notes with pencil and paper so Miss Staples 
gave them a talk about the Inn as they went through the various 
rooms. They particularly liked the Parlor because many of them are 
majoring in American Literature. Credits are given for a story 
of their trip. They are on a twelve -day tour. 

Friday, August 2$, 19$0 Pleasant 

Again we had the pleasure of seeing Mrs. Clair Davis 
who comes back to Sudbury every Summer just for "old time's 
sake". Mrs. Davis brought a friend, Mrs. Kueston, this year 
and the two were house guests for nearly a week. Mrs. Davis 
came to Sudbury as a bride. Her husband was minister of the 
Methodist church and the couple made many friends here. Years 
went by, Mr. Davis died^and Mrs. Davis went back to teaching 
school. She still teaches but in the Summer she always returns 
to see her old friends in Sudbury. 

Most of her friends are very old ladies and each year 
they look forward to the party which Mrs. Davis gives them. This 
consists of ice cream and cake which the former minister's wife 
buys and served to an assembled group. Today Mrs. Davis said 
she had "made the rounds" of her old ladies and was planning 
to return home, home being in Hempstead, New York. 

Week of August 20 - 26, 19^0 inclusive 
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Saturday, August 26, 1950 'tfarm 

Miss Charolotte Capon, one of our local girls, 
was married at two o'clock in the Chapel and a buffet style 
reception followed in the large Ballroom. 

The new Mrs. Twitchell looked lovely in her 
white slipper satin gown and short net ve^il^^ Her maid of 
honor wore a yellow net gown and a wide picture hat. 

Later in the afternoon Kiss Mildred Scho field 
was married in the Chapel. Her reception was held in the 
small ballroom which was charmingly decorated with two 
large bouquets of white, soft pink and brilliant yellow 
gladioli. A large bouquet of white as tors was arranged 
in the center of the table; which was appropriately adorned 
with green and pink blossoms. 

Week of August 27 - Septanber 2, 1950 inclusive 
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Sunday, August 27, 1950 Warm 

Mrs, Deveneau, formerly Barbara Eaton, filled in on 
the hostess staff today and added a note of cheerfulness to 
this otherwise hot, humid day. 

The two blind Chinese girls who were here earlier 
this Summer, came again today with their friend, Mrs. Carpenter. 
It is remarkable how the blind learn to "see" so much through 
touch and sound. They were fascinated with the intricate 
pattern of the hand woven coverlet on the old settle. 

Monday, August 23, 1950 Cool and Hainy 

The cheerful chatter of travellers talking in the 
Bar-room and the dancing glow of the open fire gave no evidence 
of the dismal day outside. / 

Mr. Keller,Cconductor of the American Egress Company's 
Tour group came today forHhe time this season. He is taking a 
two week's vacation. The tour will go on however, for two or 
three more weeks. Many people prefer to visit New England in 
the Fall when the days are cooler and the foliage is beginning 
to change color. 

Tuesday, August 29, 1950 Cloudy 

We were pleased to meet today a friend of Mrs. Bergner 
whom we remember as a guest at the Pease wedding in July. 
Mrs. Bergner lives in Oberlin, Ohio and she told her friend 
Mrs. Cairns in California to be sure to stop at Wayside Inn when 
she came to New England. Mrs. Cairns made a point of coming to 
the Inn for Breakfast this morning, bringing greetings from 
Mrs. Bergner. She was accompanied by Mr. Cairns who is on his 
way to the International Congress of Mathematicians at Harvard. 
He is a member of the Governing Board, of the Mathematical 
Association. It was while Mr. Cairns was teaching at Oberlin 
College that Mrs. Bergner and the Cairns became such good 


Yfeek of August 27 - Septeiaber 2, 1950 inclusive 

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Wednesday, Augist 30, 1950 Cloudy 

A young father from Charleston, 3. C. with his two 
little girls who were carrying twin dolls, remarked that he 
hadn't been here for nine years and when leaving said: "I may 
never be here again." 

"»Ve were privileged to have as a luncheon guest recent- 
ly Dr. Miriam Van Waters from the Women's Reformatory at 
Sherbom, Massachusetts. Dr. Van tfaters is a penologist of note 
and has made a strong stand in the state of Massachusetts for 
modern, up-to-date methods of prison reform. She has exceedingly 
advanced ideas about the treatment of inmates. 

With her as a luncheon Mrs. Van Waters had her married 
daughter who remembers that on her tenth Birthday she was given 
a party in the Old Kitchen of the Inn. The long, low pine 
sheathed room brought back many pleasant memories. 

Thursday, August 31, 1950 Rain 

A very kindly lady stepped up to the desk today to 
buy books and post cards and in the course of the conversation 
she told us that she is connected with the Buckingham Home in 
Springfield, Massachusetts. This is a home for under-privileged 
children and W r s. Gleckley said that they are given psychological 
care as well as physical treatment. 

We are indeed privileged these days to have the pleasure 
of meeting so many fine people from all parts of the United States 
and in all walks of life. One never knows who the next person 
who comes into the Inn will be. He will be important who ever he 
is or from whatever station in life he comes. Someone has said 
that true graciousness is the art of making a person feel important 
and comfortable at the same time. This is the duty of every 
..ayside Inn hostess. 

Friday, September 1, 1950 Cloudy 

Today begins the long Labor Day weekend which winds up 
the Summer tourist season at many New England resorts. This means 
that people will be wending their way back to their homes in 
New England and elsewhere. 

Cook's Tour from New York brought sixteen people for 
luncheon and the regular Gray Line brought sixty. Another special 
party from Reading, Pennsylvania numbered thirty- five. 

Week of August 27 - September 2, 195>0 inclusive 
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Saturday, September 2, 1950 Pleasant 

At noon time Miss Cecilia Nevins of Marlboro who was 
married earlier in the day to Mr. Salter Haynes, held her wedding 
luncheon at the Inn with about one hundred relatives and friends 
in attendance. The bride wore a charming lace gown of proverbial 
white with small Juliet cap and short tapering veil. Her maid 
of honor also wore lace of powder blue. 

At two o'clock Mrs. Dorothy rthitson and Mr. Arnold Kobelt 
of New York City were united in marriage in the Chapel by Kev. John 
Copp. About twenty guests were present and the Chapel was 
beautifully decorated with yellow, bronze and crimson chrysanthemums. 

Another wedding took place at four o'clock. Miss Jane 
Storer of Waltham became the bride of Mr. Gerald Sinclair. After 
the ceremony in the Martha-Mary Chapel, a reception was held in 
the large Ball-room of the Inn with one hundred and thirty-five 
guests congratulating the happy couple. 

A three-piece orchestra provided background music and 
a Buffet Tea was served. The bride was gowned in white satin 
and nylon net. Her bouquet was of white gladiolas and gardenias. 
The bridal attendants were in raspberry and acqua satin gowns 
styled in tunic effect over tissue faille with matching cloches. 
They carried yellow and pink gladiolas. The flower girl was 
dressed in yellow faille. 

Week of September 3-9, 1950 inclusive 
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Sunday, September 3, 1950 Rainy 

A very small family party was held in the old 
dining room this afternoon for Visa Coady of Edmonds Road, 
Framingham who was married earlier in the day at the home 
of her parents. Six sat down at the special table which 
was decorated with a wedding cake and two lighted tapers. 
The bride wore an aqua crepe dress and carried a rose and 
white corsage. 

The Jones family started off in the rain this 
morning to see the historical sights of Boston, Concord 
and Lexington. They looked as cozy as could be in their 
light colored convertible Ford. Mr. Jones is Industrial 
Relations Fanager of the Chester Assembly Plant of the 
Ford Bompany. <Vhen we remarked on his new Ford car he 
said that it belonged to L?rs. Jones and that the light 
color made it a lady's car. 

Monday, September U, 1950 Pleasant 

This beinc Labor Day the house was full of 
visitors from morning until night. There were the campers, 
the holiday week-enders, the tourists, the children on 
their way to the opening of school, the retired couples 
returning to their «'dnter homes, the local people entertain- 
ing guests from out of town, the newly-weds - all were 
here today. 

In addition the American Express Tour brought 
their usual group of sightseers who enjoyed luncheon 
served on the porch. Also there was one visitor from 
England and one from Mexico. 

Tuesday, September 5, 1950 Pleasant 

Two of our old friends and neighbors have brought 
us interesting news this week. They are not close neighbors, 
but we like to think of them as belonging in the little 
circle of friends surrounding the Inn. Mrs. Powell from 
Concord, a charming widow who used to come to the Inn a great 
deal with her husband ^announced recently that she is to be 
married again and soon. The gentleman is from the mid-west 
and Mrs. Powell will go out there to live. iVe shall miss 
her very much. 


Week of September 3-9, 1950 inclusive 

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Tuesday, September 5, 1950 Pleasant 

Mrs. Bilfinger who lives over in Framingham Center 
is not an old friend in any way. She is a very charming young 
lady and we have not known her very long. But already she has 
endeared herself to us by her vivacious personality and lovely 
blond hairl She and Mr. Bilfinger are leaving for Japan this 
week to be gone for over a month. They will fly both ways. 

Wednesday, September 6, 1950 Pleasant 

Mr. William Berry, skipper of the Sunbeam, visited 
the Inn today and sandwiched in between expressions of delight 
over the house, told us quite a bit about his boat. She is a 
missionary boat, stationed at Seal Harbor, but makes frequent 
trips along the coast, carrying sick people to the hospital 
or transporting ministers from one place to another. This 
good-sized boat with two white crosses on her bows was a 
familiar sight tied up at one of the wharves in Boothbay 
Harbor, during the month of August. 

Thursday, September 7, 1950 Warm 

Forty-eight members of the Lumberman's Association 
with delegates from many states had luncheon today in the 
large dining room, under the supervision of Mrs. Donald Hyde 
of Newtonville, Massachusetts. After the party was served ^ 
the quaint story of the Inn was told by one of the hostesses. 

The well-known portrait painter, Mr. Kendall Saunders 
of Templeton, Massachusetts; came again today and spoke fondly 
of his friend Mr. Lemon. He had formerly spent two weeks at 
the Inn at the request of Mr. Lemon during which time he copied 
the picture of Longfellow in the Parlor. He believes it looks 
as if it were an enlargement of a photograph done in sepia. 
Mr. Saunders 1 portrait was painted in antiquitated colors and 
later sold by Mr. Lemon. 


Week of September 3-9, 19f>0 inclusive 

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Friday, September 8, 19S0 Pleasant 

Rev. and Mrs. J. C.Pelon of New York City were house guests 
last night with their son Paul. The Pelona stop here at least 
twice a year on their way to and from their summer camp on 
Lake /dnnepesauke. Hi have watched Paul grow from a baby into 
a fine boy of about twelve years of age. He and his dad got up 
early to go fishing for the last time yesterday morning. Among 
the fish they caught was a fine pickerel which was presented 
with great pride to one of the hostesses. Mr, Pelon told us 
that his church is about one hundred blocks from Grand Central 
Station and in a rather poor neighborhood without much cultural 
background. Daring the week he lectures to people on various 
subjects using colored slides in tfiich are included many views 
of the iVayside Inn and its surroundings. 

Saturday, September 9, 1950 Pleasant 

A small wedding luncheon was served for Miss Barbara 
Perry in the Cld Kitchen. this noon. She is a native of 
Manchester, New Hampshire and was married to Gordon Babcodk 
at the Martha-Mary Chapel. The bride wore a wine- colored 
tailored suit with matching accessories and a corsage of gold 
and yellow baby crysanthemums. 

Our second bride of the day was f/iss Phyllis Howland 
of West Newton. She wore a lovely gown of bouffont net and . 

lace and carried white roses. The members of^her bridal party q \q ' 
wore yellow and aqua net gowns and carried s^olf)red roses and 
yellow as tors. \^ 

Later in the evening at a Candlelight service, Miss 
Adora Murphy and Mr. /arren Jeannette of Northboro were married 
at the Martha-Mary Chapel. 


Week of September 10 - 16, 1950 inclusive 

Sunday, September 10, 1950 Rain 

It was a great pleasure today to talk with the 
Marrgeson "children" who > for the first time in many years ; 
came to the Inn for dinner* Last time we saw them they 
were teen-agers and at the awkward stage. Today they seemed 
like little men and women and talked to us with a great deal 
of poise and self confidence. They had left mother and 
father at home and were "eating out" by themselves, Diana, 
about to enter the University of New Hampshire, her brother 
who is attending the Cardigan Mt. School and sister Beverly 
who wants to become a Secretary. 

It was not a very good day for a wedding as far 
as the weather was concerned, but this evening, with candles 
lighted in the lovely Martha-Mary Chapel, the setting for the 
marriage of Miss Birkka Koskinen and Mr. Donald Lane was 
simply beautiful. After the ceremony a reception was held 
in the large Ball-room for one hundred and fifty guests. 

Monday, September 11, 1950 Rain 

All day weather reports on the radio concerned a 
hurricane which was hovering somewhere east of Nantucket. 
If xt came to New England, they said it would strike about 
10 or U P.M. Candles were held in readiness in case the 
lights went out as they flickered frequently during the 
evening. One or two employees whose cars were parked in the 
parking space for the night, moved them out of the way of 
falling trees. But nothing alarming occurred. High winds 
and rain were all we got and the hurricane passed harmlessly 
out to sea. 

Tuesday, September 12, 1950 Cloudy - M.ndy 

The severe storm which has been sweeping over 
New England during the past two days is subsiding and the 
weather man predicts that the 60 mile an hour gale will have 
diminished considerably by nightfall. However, we are 3till 
experiencing intermittent rain and high winds. 


Week of September 10 - 16, 19S>0 inclusive 

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Tuesday, September 12, 1950 (continued) 

The fireplace in the old Bar-room has been the focal 
point for most of our guests during the storm and tonight Mr* 
and Mrs. Mayo, overnight guests, sat for a long time by the 
firelight playing Canasta. Mrs. Mayo was a school teacher 
before her marriage and gave us some ideas on the present 
educational system, what it lacks etc. She thinks that children 
are not taught to respect the wonderful principles and ideals 
for which our country stands. They do not appreciate in what 
a wonderful country they are living and are not made to feel 
that they are a part of it. 

Wednesday, September 13, 1950 Cool - Pleasant 

Every week the house is brightened by flowers left 
by departing brides. Sometimes huge baskets of white gladiolas, 
chrysanthemums or snap dragons are placed on a table just as 
they came from the Chapel. Sometimes Miss Staples or Miss 
Pomphrey re-arrange them in smaller containers. They are much 
admired and people stand entranced at their beaut . Today 
Mr. Clarke brought in a huge bunch of red and yellow and salmon 
pink gladiolas from our own garden. They compare very favorably 
with the ones raised professionally be Mr. Wiles. 

Thursday, September Hi, 1950 Pleasant 

Mr. Guernsey Frost of North Sudbury again brought a 
group of men for luncheon today. They were employees of the 
Hardware Mutual Insurance Company of Boston from all parts of 
the country. Usually when they arrive they go right into the 
dining room, having chosen their meno in advance. Today they 
arrived about fifteen minutes late and Mr. Frost looked very 
much disturbed as he tried to explain. "There was a detour 
down on Peakham Road and then I hit a squirrel and that has 
just about spoiled the rest of the day. for met After the 
gentlemen had eaten their roast beef however, they felt a 
lot better. 

Week of September 10 - 16, 1950 inclusive 

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Friday, September l£, 1950 Pleasant 

We are all aware that Fall is well on its way* 
The days are lovely, but cool, 

Mary Lou Foss with whom we are all well acquainted, 
is to be married in the Martha-Mary Chapel tomorrow evening. 
This evening there was a rehearsal in the Chapel and afterwards 
fifteen of the Bridal party, family and friends were seated 
in the Old Dining Room for a Roast Lamb Dinner. Among those 
present were Mr. and Mrs. Fodd, Mrs. Wynne, mother of the groom, 
the bride's sister and brother and also her wedding attendants, 
one of whom is Barbara Eaton Deveneau. The table was very 
attractively decorated with flowers from the Inn garden. 

Saturday, September 16, 1950 Clear - Cool 

Kiss Nancy Home of Shrewsbury was married in the 
Martha-Mary Chapel at 2:oo P.M. The bride wore proverbial white 
and one hundred thirty-five guests were in attendance. 

The second bride of the day was Miss June Veston of 
Auburndale, Massachusetts. Her marriage to Mr. David Berg was 
at the Chapel at four o'clock and a Buffet reception followed 
at the Inn. The bride wore a lovely white gown and her bridal 
party wore dark green tissue faille gowns and carried yellow 

Miss Mary Lou Foss and Mr. Edward Wynne of Sudbury 
were married later in the evening at the Chapel. Miss Foss 
wore a beautiful white slipper satin gown and helmet and 
three-quarters length net veil. She carried yellow-eyed 
daisies and her bridal party wore yellow faille gowns and 
carried assorted flower bouquets. 

A dinner party of one hundred guests was served in 
the large dining room under the able supervision of Mr. Albert 
Genaske of Boston. An old-fashioned dance followed in the 
large ball room. 

Week of September 17 - 23, 1950 inclusive 
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Sunday, September 17, 1950 Pleasant 

We often find someone down on his hands and knees 
in front of the old Hadley Chest in the upper hall, examining 
the intricate carving on the front of it. And when we tell 
our guests that the chest was made in America about 1690 they 
can hardly believe that such an elaborate piece of work was done 
at that time. 

Consequently Hadley chests are valued highly and as 
someone has said "they do not grow on every tree". They are 
considered among collectors as very rare and of great value. 

Mr. Israel Sack^who first discovered our Hadley 
chest as a piece of tremendous importance in the field of 
early Americana, was here today and told us again of how he 
found the chest in Hillsboro, New Hampshire. It was owned by 
a school teacher. Mr. Sack sold the chest to a Mr. Behrend 
and Mr. Behrend to Mr. Ford. 

It was Mr. Sack who completely furnished the house 
with antiques at the request of Mr. Ford in 1923* 

Monday, September 18, 1950 Pleasant 

A wild flower, somewhat rare in these parts, was 
brought in this morning by Mrs. Sharpies s^ who had taken a 
walk before breakfast by herself. The flower is called 
ladies tres3 and is a series of small white blossoms twist- 
ing spirally around a pale green stem giving the effect of 
braided hair. Mrs. Sharpless said there were several ladies 
tresses growing in this spot and she thought she was entitled 
to pick only one. But she arranged it with a delicate green 
fern in a small green glass bottle and it looked very pretty 
on the breakfast table. 

One of our old friends, Phil Merriman came to have 
lunch today and roam through the familiar rooms once more. 
Ke is a tour conductor and next week is being sent on a trip 
to Hawaii which he was anticipating with a great deal of 
pleasure • 

Week of September 17 - 23, 1950 inclusive 
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Tuesday, September 19, 1950 Pleasant 

Forty more men came this afternoon with Mr. Marraaduke 
from the Paul Revere Insurance Company of Worcester and were 
conducted through the house by one of the hostesses. These men 
are from practically all the forty-eight states and most of them 
have never been in New England before. 

During their "refresher" course with the home office 
in Worcester, the company gives them one afternoon of sightseeing 
and the Inn is the first place on the schedule. They like to 
hear about the Paul Revere prints in the Bar room and about 
Paul Revere' s Ride in the Tales of a Wayside Inn. It is evident 
that they are very much impressed by what they can see in New 
England pertaining to the early settlement of this country. 

After the tour today, at least half of the forty men 
crowded the space around the Bar in an effort to buy books and 
post cards to take along home. 

Wednesday, September 20, 1950 Cold and Cloudy 

Mrs. Robert Flint, otherwise known as "Bunny" and 
her husband came in this evening for a visit. She has not 
been working as hostess for several weeks and it was good to 
see her again and looking so well. One of her duties here 
was to arrange the flowers so knowing the difficulties of making 
flower arrangements when flowers are scarce, she brought us a 
basketful of green and yellow gourds. They will add a note 
of color here and there and brighten up the house this winter 
and incidentally remind us of the donor. She and Bobby went 
out to the pantry and down to the kitchen to see everybody 
and catch up with the news before they left. 

Thursday, September 21, 1950 Pleasant and Cool 

Mr. C. Frost of No. Sudbury with fifteen guests from 
the Hardware Mutual Insurance Company, of Boston was served a 
delicious Roast Beef dinner in the old dining room. It was 
his last visit to the Inn for the season. 

Week of September 17 - 23* 19£0 inclusive 
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Thursday, September 21, 19*30 Pleasant and Cool 

la the quiet of the evening irtien most of the guests 
had retired, one of the hostesses > and Mr. Cohen, an over-night 
guest* got to talking about violins. It seems Mr. Cohen -was 
quite interested in old Master pieces and -wanted to see the 
Ole Bull violin which is kept in the Inn. He was delighted to 
see the old but lovely case which he believed to be made by 
Hill of London and was surprised to learn that the violin 
was not a true MaggerrJ . 

Friday, September 22, 19!?0 Cool 

Today we welcomed to the Inn many interesting 
guests. Among those were guests from England, France, 
Switzerland and Austria. They were all intrigued with the 
quaint atmosphere and enjoyed just browsing about. 

Also today, for the first time this season^we 
welcomed the children from the Mary Lamb School. They 
had their first dancing lesson in the large ballroom with 
Miss Fisher acconpaning them at the piano. Mr. Haynes has 
returned from his vacation and was here to direct them. 
Out of the sixteen children enrolled, twelve were in attendance, 
This was the first lesson for Mr. Saint's daughter Kathy. 
She appeared to be doing very well and enjoyed it very much. 

Saturday, September 23, 19!?0 Cool - Clear 

A reunion of twenty-five members of the Cutler 
family of Sudbury was served in the small Dining Room this 
noon. It was a going-away party for Mr. Philip Cutler, who 
will soon enter the service. The family members were from 
Texas, Connecticut and various parts of Massachusetts. 

In the evening, the lovely, young Miss Eleanor 
Alden of West Bedford became the bride of Mr. Albert C. 
T »Vinsloe. They were married in the Martha-Mary Chapel where 
white chrysamthemums and taff eta aisle streamers served as 

Later a buffet style reception was held in the 
large Ball room which was decorated in lavender and white 
flowers. The bride wore a flowing slipper satin gown 
with a small white cap and tapering veil while her four 
bridesmaids wore pink and duskrose gowns and caps. 


Week of September 2h - 30, 1950 inclusive 
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Sunday, September 2U, 1950 Cold 

We are enjoying a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Sussan of 
Birmingham, Michigan who, for the past three years, have spent 
one week at the Inn about this time of year. 

Mrs. Sussan' s ancestral home is about fifteen miles 
from here and she always makes a point of going to see it. 
The lovely old house is so charming and beautiful it has 
become one of the "show" places in this region. 

Mr. Sussan noticed the bracelet which Miss Staples 
was wearing today and remarked on the miniature abacus which 
dangles from it. He said that the abacus, used as a counting 
board in China and Japan for thousands of years, has never 
been equaled by any modern computing machine. Once a new- 
fangled counting machine was taken to Japan, but it was 
proven that the abacus was faster. 

Monday, September 2$, 1950 Cold 

The American Express Company came with its usual 
quota of sight-seers which Mr. Hal Keller in charge. This 
efficient conductor and his well organised group come 
promptly, are served promptly and are usually on their way 
in less than an hour. 

The weather has been cool enough to necessitate 
a furnace fire as well as fires in the fireplaces. The 
iussans, house guests from Birmingham, Michigan, preferred 
to go sight-seeing in Boston today and leaving their car 
in the parking space took an early bus for the city. 

Some of our winter friends have returned from 
long summer vacations i among them the Condi ts who came for 
lunch today. Rev. Condit looks very fit after his long 


Week of September 2k - 30, 1950 inclusive 

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Tuesday, September 26, 1950 Partly Cloudy 

Fofty -women from the convention of the American 
Trade Association were luncheon guests this noon and enjoyed 
Creamed Chicken in Patty Shells and Baked Indian Pudding with 
Ice Cream. After the usual comments on the Indian Pudding as a 
typical New England dish, the ladies were given a talk by one 
of the hostesses on the history of the Inn. This was especially 
interesting because this group represented many of the western 

Thirty-three years with the Ford Motor Company was 
the record of one of our guests today, a Mr, Sands. He was 
treating his wife to an outing at the Wayside Inn as she had 
never been here before. His last visit was in 1925 and con- 
sequently the addition of the new Ball room and Dining room 
was a pleasant surprise. 

Wednesday, September 27, 1950 Pleasant 

Smoke from forest fires raging in western Canada 
has finally reached New England giving the sun an overcast 
appearance and the full moon a most peculiar coler at night. 

Mr. Polland of Waltham, Mrs. Purdy's father, passed 
away this morning. He will be greatly missed by his many 
friends at the Inn as well as the children from the Mary Lamb 
School jwhom he loved to watch at dancing class on Friday 

Today's papers announce the final settlement of 
the Ford Foundation and lists these five philanthropic 
objectives t 

World Peace 

Strengthening of Democracy 
j, Worldwide Economic Improvement 

Expansion of Education 
A Fundamental Study of Human Conduct 

Week of September Zh - 30, 1950 inclusive 

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Thursday, September 28, 195>0 Partly Cloudy 

The brilliant Autumn weather with its vibrant 
coloring of the leaves is now upon New England. The bronzes, 
yellows and bright reds bland beautifully with the setting 
and surroundings of the Inn, These things no doubt have always 
been an inspiration to many artists and so it was today tfien 
we discovered two young men sketching under the trees near the 
south-west corner of the Inn. Then again, another enthusiast 
with easel and brushes sat painting the old Gate house in all 
its Autumn splendor. 

Friday, September 29, 1950 Warm 

We heard early this morning of the passing away of 
Mrs. Ford who was our most loyal and devoted friend. It was 
Just about two years ago that she last came to the Inn to 
enjoy the Autumn foliage. She loved the brilliant colors of 
the New England landscape at this time of year. In contrast 
she was usually dressed in black. Once we remember that 
over her black dress she threw a bright red shawl and we shall 
always remember her like that, sitting on the old settle in 
the Bar-room. 

Mrs. Ford never missed a detail of life around the 
Inn and she was quick to notice if there were any changes. 
She liked to find it the same, the same old objects in their 
usual places. 

Quietly and in a dignified way she mo^ed about 
among the guests, they never suspecting that she was the 
distinguished Landlady of the Wayside Inn. And the Inn will 
never know a better one. 

Saturday, September 30, 1950 Very Pleasant 

Mr. and Mrs. Ralston F. Rice of New York City, 
he the President of the Edmund Rice Association, arrived 
last evening to attend the annual meeting today. 

Early in the morning members of the Association 
began arriving from near and far. They held a business 
meeting in the large Ball-room, then adjourned to the 
large dining room for luncheon. In the afternoon the program 
continued with several members dressed in Colonial costume 
representing the first Edmund Rice and his contemporaries. 

Week of September 2U - 30, 1950 inclusive 


Saturday, September 30, 1950 Very Pleasant 

The Martha-Mary Chapel was scheduled for three 
weddings today. At 11:30 o 1 clock in the morning Miss Joyce 
Boutilier of East Douglas, Mass, became the bride of Mr. 
Joseph Pondeau. Rev. John Copp officiated at the ceremony 
which was witnessed by only two friends of the happy couple. 

The next wedding took place at three o'clock 
when Miss Jessie Major of Waltham and Mr. Robert Oppenlander 
were united in marriage by Mr. Copp. A reception for about 
sixty guests followed in the small Ball-room of the Inn. 
This was prettily decorated with white chrysanthemums on the 
Buffet table and fireplace mantles. The wedding cake was 
cut and the bride and groom shared the first piece which is 
a traditional wedding custom. 

In the evening a wedding ceremony for Miss Barbara 
Leavitt snd Mr. Alfred Edwards was held by candle light and 
this impressive occasion was witnessed by one hundred friends 
of the bride and groom. A large bouquet of seasonal white 
flowers decorated the Altar and white ribbon streamers 
flanked the Chapel pews as the bride came down the aisle. 

Also on Saturday evening the New England Federa- 
tion of Men's Glee Clubs held an outing at the Inn with 
nearly two hundred members present. Dinner was served in 
the large dining room after which old-fashioned dancing 
was enjoyed in the Ball-room. 

Week of October 1-7, 1950 inclusive 

Sunday, October 1, 1950 Pleasant 

The "sombre" clock in the Parlor was ticking as usual 
on this Sunday morning when Dr. 7/aldbott, an overnight guest, 
sauntered into the room. He examined the stately Grandfather 
time-piece as if he were about to make a medical report on a 
"case" I In fact this is just what he did. He told us that he 
was a specialist on allergic skin diseases and that the black 
lacquer finish on the clock case was made from the sap of the 
poison ivy plant. If the lacquer should get damp or if you 
touched it with wet hunds, you could easily contract poison ivy. 
'.Vhen the Chinese game of Mah-Jong was popular, many people were 
shocked to find that they had broken out with poison ivy rash 
developed from the lacquered Chinese figures. 

Dr. Waldbott and his wife were on their way to Wellesley 
College where they have a daughter in the Breshman Class. Their 
home is at Grosse Point, Michigan and Dr. lialdbott was at one time 
associated with the Ford Hospital. 

Monday, October 2, 1950 Warm 

The flag flew at half mast today and two o'clock our 
thoughts turned to Dearborn and those who were sorrowfully 
paying their last tributes to Mrs. Ford. 

The New England countryside looked its best with the 
brilliant coloring of the maple trees. Mrs. Ford would have 
loved it and the scarlet woodbine climbing up on the gray tree 
trunks was her favorite color. 

The diary bids an affectionate farewell to its most 
faithful reader. 

Tuesday, October 3, 1950 Pleasant 

A most unusual sight and one which we may never see 
again in our lifetime, caused a bit of excitement at the Inn 
this afternoon. It was a run-away horse. The horse was pulling 
a hay rake and when stung by a bee, galloped off down the road 


Week of October 1-7, 1950 inclusive 

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Tuesday, October 3, 1950 (continued) 

leaving the driver back in the field. The horse went faster 
and faster and like in the poem of John Gilpin* s ride, every- 
one along the way yelled M Whoa, Whoa. w But the horse would 
not stop* He continued on towards the Grist Mill, the hay rake 
bouncing over the road and making a terrific noise, Mac, 
following in the red truck, finally caught up with the beast and 
stopped him, much to everyone's relief. 

And another unusual bit of news. A wedding on Tuesday | 
Not that wedding is an unusual event but the day of the week on 
which it occurred is unusual. The bride was K&ss Ann Forbes and 
the groom Mr, i.dwin E, Leason, They were married in the Chapel 
at 8 o'clock, A reception followed in the large Ball room for 
one hundred guests. 

Wednesday, October It, 1950 Warm and Sunny 

Three brothers with their wives met this evening to 
give their father, ninety years old, a birthday dinner. Quite 
an appropriate place to choose since their name was Howe and 
they were descendants of the Howes who settled in Marlboro. 
Their house still stands and one of the brothers has the deed, 
written on parchment for the sale of the land upon which the 
house was built, at the time it was purchased from the Indians. 
This old document has been lying away folded up for many years 
and has been stock together so that it could not be opened. Mr. 
Howe went to Harvard and other experts from various museums to get 
advice and has tried everything. He finally discovered that by 
leaving it in his damp cellar the folds of sheepskin are gradually 
becoming unstuck and the document is now legible, Mr. H. M, Howe 
was the guest of honor and he told us he was very comfortably 
situated in the Home for the Aged in -Vorcester. He took one of 
our menus as well as his small birthday cake to show to his friends 
at the home. One of his son3 lives in Belmont, another in Newton 
Centre and a third came all the way from Milford, Pennsylvania. 

Thursday, October 5, 1950 Pleasant 

Mr. and Mrs. Sherman of Mt. Vernon, New York came to 
the Inn for the first time in forty-six years. At that time 
they were residing in Brooklyn, New York and came to the Inn 
for Thanksgiving dinner in 190U. 


Week of October 1-7, 1950 inclusive 
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Thursday, October 5, 19 30 (continued) 

Mr. and Mrs. F. D. Harrison of Singapore stopped for 
dinner this evening. Mr. Harrison is the crude rubber buyer 
and managing director of Goodyear Orient Company, Limited, in 
the Far Eastern area. Mr. Harrison is on a year's leave and is 
touring the states. He will return to Singapore in 1951 • 

Friday, October 6, 1950 Cool 

Mr. Crockett from the Wellesley Senior High School 
brought a group of his students to the Inn for luncheon this 
noon. There were about thirty who enjoyed a meal "out" with 
the lovely Autumnal foliage as a background. They were seated 
on the Porch. Afterwards they went through the various rooms 
of the Inn but Mr. Crockett said they were pretty well filled 
up on American History and "this kind of thing." Apparently 
they were having an all day historical outing. 

The Old Kitchen was the attractive setting this 
evening for a rehearsal dinner for members of the Gridley-Van Horn 
wedding party. The wedding will take place tomorrow in the 
Martha-Mary Chapel. A lovely centerpiece of white chrysanthemums 
and red roses decorated the long table which was set for twenty- 
two guests. The groom's father who is an executive of one of the 
paper companies in Holyoke, Massachusetts was the charming host. 

Saturday, October 7, 1950 Pleasant 

Miss Barbara Libby of Northboro became the bride of Mr. 
J. H. Brigh\am this afternoon at the Martha-Mary Chapel. Later a 
buffet style reception was held in the large ballroom which was 
prettily decorated with white flowers and greens. Miss Libby 
wore a gown of white slipper satin with a short net veil while 
her maid-of-honor wore a shaded lavender chiffon gown with a 
s m a ll purple velvet skull cap. 

At 5:00 P.M. we welcomed Mr. and Mrs. Philip Gridley 
to the Inn after their candlelight wedding ceremony at the Chapel. 
The bride, the former Miss Shyrley Van Horn of Worcester, wore a 
beautiful gown of flowing French lace and a cap, also of lace, 
with a three-quarter length veil* Her bridal party looked lovely 
in their deep rose and aqua gowns and all carried cascades of 
white flowers. 

Week of October 8 - Ik, 19^0 inclusive 
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Sunday, October 8, 19^0 Pleasant 

In the late afternoon of this beautiful October day 
■we walked along Dutton Road and suddenly came upon a line of 
small children sitting on a stone wall. In front of them was 
a handsome young minister and he was saying - M In the old days, 
the ministers served not only in the churches, but they often 
taught school as well in little red school houses just like this 
one". He pointed to the Mary Lamb School and the children turned 
their head3 and then back to him. The sun was on its way down 
behind the tall spire of the Martha-Mary Chapel and in the Twilight 
glow of reds and golds, it seemed as if we had caught a glimpse of 
Heaven as we tip-toed by. 

Several members of the Appalachian Mt. Club dropped in 
for dinner today. They were participating in one of the Club's 
official outings. 

Monday, October 9, 19^0 Pleasant 

The last of the groups which the American Express Company 
has been bringing all summer on Mondays, came today and Mr. Keller, 
their guide said goodbye and thanked everyone for his cooperation 
and expressed regret that his visits were over for the season. 

Two hundred and fifty Industrial Launderers from all 
over the country had luncheon also. Six Gray Line buses brought 
them out from Boston. Mr. Hart, the president of these tours 
accompanied the group on their trip which included Concord and 

Tuesday, October 10, 1950 Rain all day 

This was a dull day outside but a lively one within. 
The rain didn't seem to prevent many travellers from coming to 
the Inn for luncheon or dinner and we were very busy at both 
meal times. At noon a party of twelve ladies were served luncheon 
in the old dining room and in the afternoon they used the Old 
Kitchen for a meeting room. They drew their chairs around the 


Week of October 8 - lU, 1950 inclusive 

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Tuesday, October 10, 1950 (continued) 

fireplace and looked very cosy and comfortable when we peeked 
into the room. They were members of a church group. 

Also as luncheon guests we welcomed our old friends, 
Dr. and Mrs. Roberts who wore on their way to an evening meet- 
ing in Athol, Massachusetts. 

The Gray Line trip was not prevented by the rain 
and brought thirty-four hungry passengers. 

Wednesday, October 11, 1950 Pleasant 

At three o* clock Mrs. Purnelle arrived with about 
thirty elderly ladies from the Soraerville Home for the Aged. 
They came in a bus which drove right up to the front door so 
that there would be as little walking as possible. One lady 
was quite lame and another walked with crutches. After look- 
ing around the house and reminiscing about the old things in 
the Kitchen the group adjourned to the old ball room where a 
simple tea was served. This was arranged by Mrs. Purnelle and 
was a delightful surprise to everyone. Those who were unable 
to climb the stairs were served on the first floor. 

Thursday, October 12, \9$0 Clearing 

Despite the morning rain, Miss Jean Hargraves looked 
lovely in her traditionally white bridal gown. Her reception 
was held in the large ball room at 3:30 with one hundred and 
fifty friends and relatives in attendance. 

In the evening we were qiiite surprised when one of 
our young hostesses who served as bridesmaid to her cousin 
today, stopped to see us. She looked lovely in her gown of 
ice—blue satin and net. Her charming head-dress was a blue 
satin braided crown with a short shoulder-length veil and she 
had carried an old-fashioned bouquet of baby-pink roses during 
the ceremony. 

Week of October 8 - lit, l o $0 inclusive 
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Friday, October 13, 1°$0 Windy 

Friday the 13th did not prove to be unlucky for us 
in any way. In fact we felt lucky to have the privilege of 
entertaining three members of the senior class of the Perkins 
Institution for the 31ind. They came with their teacher who 
explained everything to them as they went slowly through the 
rooms. It is very remarkable how well these young people 
adjust themselves to normal living in spite of their tremendous 

Arrangements were made at noon time for luncheon to 
be served twenty members of the Antique Club of Andcver, Mass- 
achusetts. Naturally the ladies enjoyed looking through the Inn 
and examining the pieces of antique furniture here. 

The Children's Dancing Class had a large audience 
today as many of the mothers came to see their young fry perform, 

Saturday, October lit, 195>0 Pleasant 

Today was the first Saturday in many weeks we have not 
had a wedding reception at the Inn. But we did have one wedding 
at the Chapel at 3 P M. Miss Lillian ^helpley became the bride 
of Mr. Claude M. Kane of ualtham. 

Forty-eight girls from the Ifaxy E. Burnham School for 
Girls, Northhampton, came for luncheon and then took a tour of 
Boston and Radcliffe College in the afternoon. They returned 
later and liad an old-fashioned dinner of Chicken Pie in the small 
dining room. 

The Rushlight Club held a meeting in the small Ball 
room in the late afternoon. The guest of honor was Mr. Jessie 
Buffun, who is affectionately called M Buff°, a well-known 
radio personality* 

Week of October 15 - 21, 1950 inclusive 
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Sunday, October 15, 1950 Pleasant 

Dr. and Mrs. Draper, one of our wedding couples, cane 
back today to celebrate their fourth anniversary. They are 
living in Dover, New Hampshire where Dr. Draper is in general 
nodical practice. Mrs. Draper is busy keeping house and taking 
care of their dear little daughter who wa3 with them today. 
She is an adopted child. 

Another old friend returned with her son who has 
just entered Middlesex School in Concord. She is Mrs. Curry 
from New York whom we remember during Vfer time. Her husband 
was an Amy Chaplain and when stationed near here the Currys 
came to the Inn several times. 

Mr. and Xr*« Cawley, after a week's stay, packed 
their bags and left early in the afternoon for Tennessee. Mrs. 
Cawley is the former Janet Howe of Sudbury and the Cawleys will 
return to live in a new house in Sudbury Center which is under 
construction. They will be guests here again at Christmas time. 

Monday, October 16, 1950 Pleasant - Cold 

Every time J."rs. J. E. Brown of Pittsford, Nev? York 
comes the subject of conversation always turns to weaving. She 
is a most enthusiastic weaver, belongs to a vttYfr'a guild, 
wears a little wooden shuttle for a lapel pin and on - one of 
her visits brought us some beautifully woven bookmarks which 
several people were very anxious to buy for Christmas presents. 
Mrs. Brown's daughter and her husband came this time leaving 
four small children at home. This young mother is a most 
attractive person with a charming personality. As a surprise 
for Christmas her mother told us she had Just finished weaving 
enough material for a skirt and jacket and a hat and bag to 

Tuesday, October 17, 1950 Pleasant 

In the middle of the morning we welcomed thirty 
pupils from the Jonathan !.!aynard School in Framingham Centre 
who were accompanied by their teacher, Miss Hall. Miss Pomphrey 
told them about the old Bar room and the Paul Revere prints 
in which they showed a great deal of interest. Every child had 
heard of Paul Revere. 

Week of October 15-21, 1950 inclusive 
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Tuesday, October 17, 1950 Pleasant 

At noon time a group from the middle Vest arrived 
for luncheon. The/ were conducted by V.r, Vaupin of the Reddy 
Travel Service in St. Louis, Missouri, "hen the final number 
was counted there were forty-seven, all interested in Baby 
Chicks and members of the International Baby Chick Association. 

Taro little children from England were recent guests^ 
and by their charming manners and fascinating accent completely 
captivated all who saw them here. They were a boy and girl, 
brother and sister from Saltburn on the north coast of Yorkshire. 

Wednesday, October 16, 1950 arm 

Afternoon teas are very popular these lovely fall 
days when an open fire is most welcome. Overnight guests 
continue to come and next week the doctors* convention in 
Boston will help to fill our rooms. 

Four amusing telegrams yesterday and a fifth arriving 
this morning between the iayside Inn and Mr« Richard Hildreth 
of the Standard Oil Co., Sockerfelltr PXai&j -Jew York are quoted 

1 -"Kindly confirm collect reservation for two 

nep.'-r-Led nice twin bedded, rooms overnight 
Sunday 22nd. Party of k arriving before six 
by automobile." 

Richard Hildreth 

2 - "Holding for your confirmation one twin-bedded 

and one double bedded room. Sorry these pre 
only rooms available". 

.side Inn 

3 - "Accept reservation. Presume both rooms with bath". 

Richard Hildreth 

k - ''^orry no private baths. Please advise". 

ayside Inn 

5 - "Others survive. Presume we will too. Accept 
reservation gratefully." 

Richard Hildreth 

Week of October 15 - 21, 1950 inclusive 
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Thursday, October 19, 1950 Warm 

The busy noon hour brought to the Inn many inter- 
esting guests among whom were Mrs. Horton of Cambridge and 
nine out-of-state guests. Also two young art enthusiasts 
had luncheon after which they brought in their paintings of 
the Mill. Miss Staplesjwho also enjoys that pastimesjhad 
quite a chat with the two young ladies from Grafton about 
certain aspects of painting. 

Friday, October 20, 1950 Pleasant 

One hundred 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students from 
the Harvey - tfheeler School, test Concord, came to see the 
Inn and were told the tales of by-gone days by Miss Fisher 
in two groups of fifty each. 

Later, sixteen young high school pupils from 
Newton also visited the Inn. 

At 12:30, auturancolored flowers and a cheery fire 
in the large dining room greeted the fifty-three members of 
the Boston Manufacturers Mutual Fire Insurance Company. A 
delicious luncheon was served and while the group enjoyed 
old-fashioned Indian Pudding and Ice Cream the story of the 
Inn was told to them. 

Miss Carpenter of Perkins Institute for the Blind 
returned a^ain today with five senior and post graduate 
students and two teachers. They visited the #ary Lamb School 
and stayed to watch dancing class in the big ball room. 

In the evening, a rehearsal dinner was held for 
Miss Martha-Jane Havens and Mr. R. Harleman utoo will be 
married tomorrow at the i^artha-Mary Chapel. Twenty-two 
guests were served a turkey dinner in the homey atmosphere 
of the Old Kitchen by candle and fire light. 



Week of October 15 - 21, 195& inclusive 

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Saturday, October 21, 19^0 Pleasant 

Miss Martha- Jane Havens of Boston was our lovely 
bride of the day. She was wed to Mr. D. H. Harleman at 
the Martha-Mary Chapel which was prettily decorated with 
a large bouquet of white chrysanthemums and pom-poms, 
while the pews were decorated with small bouquets of baby 
chiysamthemume with white satin bows. 

The bride's gown was of white and silver brocade 
with an Elizabethan collar and long sleeves pointed at the 
wrist. She carried I white brocaded prayer book with white 

orchids and stcphanotis . 

Tier bridal party wore lovely forest green velvet 
street-length dresses and carried cascades of bronze and 
yellow minis. Ihile Miss Haven's niece serving as flower 
girl al3o wore g n w w and carried bronze chrysamthemums 
and tiny yellow roses. 

After the ceremony approximately one hundred- 
fifty friends and relatives greeted the newly weds in the 

large recerticr. h»ll. 


Week of October 22 - 28, 19$0 inclusive 

Sunday, October 22, 19i>0 Pleasant 

Ideal -weather during this entire week-end brought 
many people over from New York to witness the Harvard-Anny 
football game played yesterday at Cambridge. Today a lot of 
young people stopped at the Inn for dinner on their way home. 
Also in the Sunday throng, which was really and truly a throng, 
were many physicians and sugeons on their way to Boston for 
the opening session of the American College of Physicians and 
Surgeons. Some of our friends who come to the Inn frequently 
were seen entertaining guests from out of town and introduced 
them as doctors. Others came for one last look at the Autumn 
foliage thinking that these warm, sunny days will not linger 
on very much longer. 

Monday, October 23, 195C Rain 

Mr. Young, headmaster of the Aayside Inn Boys School 
for many years, Mrs. Young and Billy and Sally came to see us 
r esterday. The children had been promised a trip through the 
Inn for some time and Sunday was the day chosen. Mrs. Young, 
formerly L!iss Lois Towne, was a hostess here, knew the house 
very well and was able to tell the children many entertaining 
anecdotes. Mr. Young enjoyed it as much as the children. He 
is now headmaster of the Runkles School in Brookline. 

Miss Bequiristain and her mother from Havana will be 
houseguests for about a week. She was born in this country 
and has many friends here who keep her birtertained. She is also 
enjoying shopping trips to Boston. 

Tuesday, October 2k, 19S0 Cloudy 

The manager of the White Hall hotel at Daytona Beach, 
Florida spent the night here and told us of his ocean front 
establishment which sounds most attractive. He is Mr. George 
7<endall and as he was leaving he deposited pictures of the 
White Hall on the desk. ■• have looked them over and have been 
dreaming of a Florida vacation this winter. 


Week of October 22 - 28, 1950 inclusive 
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Tuesday, October Zh f l°f>0 (continued) 

Mr, David C. B. Harvey of the Title Guarantee and 
Trust Company of New York stopped in -with his wife and son 
and examined all of our firearms. He has a collection of 
guns and a knowledge of them which he gave freely as he 
described each piece to his son. He told us that our 
flint-lock was probably made in Pennsylvania. Our Blunder- 
buss he thought was British and our duelling pistol one of 
a pair. Mr. Harvey said that a great many so-called old 
firearms were made recently and are phonies. 

Wednesday, October 25, 1950 Cloudy - Cool 

Miss Staples received word last night that her 
brother had died. He lived in Lockport, Illinois and Miss 
Staples left today to be gone until Sunday or Monday. Although 
her brother had been ill a long time his death came as 
quite a shock, nevertheless. 

Thirty-six people from the Hartford Retreat, now 
known as the Institute of Living, came again to see the 
house. This time they were mostly men and one roan in particu- 
lar was in a very talkative mood and spent a good deal of 
time telling one of the hostesses why people should imitate the 
flowers in their way of life. For example he said the flowers 
have true beauty because they are unconscious of their beauty. 

Thursday, October 26, 1950 Pleasant - Cool 

Rev. D. R. Couvell came to visit us today with his 
wife. Rev. Couvell told us he had just bought a home in 
Hudson, Massachusetts but he had previously lived in New York 
State :nd Detroit where he knew Mrs. Ford well. The couple 
was familiar with both the Dearborn and the Botsford Inns. 

Mrs. George Miller of Framingham Centre today 
gave a luncheon party for approximately eight of her friends. 
Tapers, flowers and candy mints were placed on the table for 
the occasion. 

At 3*30 in the afternoon, we welcomed to the Inn 
1*00 members of the American College of Physicians and Surgeons 
whose convention is being held in Boston. They took a tour 
through the house and then visited the Country Store. 



Week of October 22-28, 19$0 inclusive 
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Friday, October 27, 1°£0 Pleasant 

Our charming houseguests, the Berguiristains from 
Havana, Cuba found the children' 3 dancing class very enter- 
taining. They watched the children with interest while Mr. 
Haynes gave them directions for a new dance. After the class 
had adjourned, Mrs. Begairiatain asked if she might play the 
piano. Naturally the hostess consented and we all enjoyed 
listening to Latin-American melodies. 

Mrs. Beguiristain's daughters, Teresita and her 
sister, were both born in Iv'assachusetts and were then brought 
back to Cuba to live. When they became of age they both 
returned to the United States to attend college for four 
years, where they both learned to speak English. 

Teresita is now returning to Cuba where she will 
be employed by National Airlines. 

Saturday, October 28, 1950 Cool 

A small birthday luncheon was held in the old 
dining room for Mrs. Kersey this noon. Approximately six 
members of her family were here to celebrate the happy 
occasion and a large birthday cake with "Happy Birthday 
Mother" was the center of attraction. 

Samoan war knives, canoes, necklaces and tapa 
cloth were the unusual decorations on the table for the 
luncheon given for John D. Copp in honor of his forth- 
coming book "The Samoan Dance of Life". The guests, all 
associated with the book in some way, included the artist, 
Mr. idward Karrj the editor, Mr. Melvin Arnold and his 
daughter, Alexandria; the associate editor, Janice Finnie, 
the promotion director, Mrs. Edward Darling and his wife, 
the production manager, Mr. Vittleseej and Miss Elinor 
Bentley who typed the manuscript. Rev. Copp, a native 
of Sudbury, has spent eight years doing missionary work on 
the island of Samoa and has now put forth his ideology of 
the native way of living. Before leaving he gave an auto- 
graphed copy of his unique work to one of the hostesses. 

Late in the day, one hundred thirty members 
of the Indian Farmers association were served a delicious 
luncheon of creamed chicken in patty shelland while being 
told the story of the inn, they enjoyed old-fashioned 
Indian Pudding. 

Week of October 29 - November h, 1950 inclusive 

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Sunday, October 29, 1950 Cloudy 

Reverend Ronald A. Hoe ley of the United Methodist 
Church of East Natick brought some young people from his 
parish to see the house this afternoon. It being cloudy and 
dismal outside, the group spent a long time inside, discussing 
the use of various old utensils and pausing to read the type- 
written descriptions of each room. 

Another minister who enjoyed the Inn recently was 
the Reverend Daniel McKeith, Jr. head of Foreign Missions of 
the Congregational Church. 

Monday, October 30, 1950 Warm 

In a letter received this morning from Miss Carpenter 
of Perkins Institution, she thanks the Wayside Inn staff for 
its hospitality of last Friday when she brought five students 
to see the Inn, and to watch the dancing class of the Redstone 
School. She says: "It means so much to our young people to 
see order and training like that... All ray memories of Wayside Inn 
are so happy." 

She encloses a letter neatly typed by one of the girls 
and signed by Cleta Johnson who is from Utah and Madine Potter 
from Vermont. Madine says: "Since we are from a great distance 
the memory of that visit will be something very wonderful for 
us to carry home to our family and friends." 

Tuesday, October 31* 1950 Pleasant 

Two fat round pumpkins are gracing the entrace to the 
Inn, just to remind us that this is the Kaljoween and Harvest 
season. Inside there are other pumpkins. Miss Pomphrey has 
placed them appropriately in the Old Kitchen and Bar Room and 
some red Autumn leaves and rosy red apples are arranged artistical- 
ly around them. 

Mr. Rooney from the Memorial School in Framingham brought 
his class of twenty-five pupils to see the Inn this morning and they 
were shown around by one of the hostesses. Several kept note book 
and pencil in hand and jotted down bits of information as the 
explanations were given. 


Week of October 29 - November u, 195& inclusive 

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7/ednesday, November 1, 1950 Warm 

The warm weather continues and the front door can be 
opened wide early in the Day. Mr. Coulter has been painting 
the front and back stairs, whistling cheerfully the while. 
Yellow pumpkins have appeared throughout the house in various 
decorations and two huge ones have been placed outdoors one on 
each side of the front steps, reminding people of Hallowe'en 
as they come up the walk. 

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Burrage of Weston celebrated their 
UOth wedding anniversary by having luncheon at the Inn today. 
Mrs. Burr age is a member of the Farm and Garden Club and had 
just returned from a meeting in Detroit where she met Mrs. 
Plantiff who sent her greetings to all her friends at the Inn. 

Thursday, November 2, 19!?0 .-'arm 

The unusually warm weather is ctill with us. The 
low, quiet breezes are quite ref resiling and we hear no one 

Busy people came to and fro today to have lunch 
and then to see the Inn and in the evening we were quite 
pleased when Rev. and Mrs. Hyde of North Adams and Portland, 
ilaine, came to see as. They had as their guest, Dr. Hyde, 
the Reverend's brother, of the Library of Congress. The 
couple Iiave bees, here often but Dr. Hyde, who is doing 
research in forty-five different languages, enjoyed his 
first visit immensely. 

Friday, November 3, 19!?0 Pleasant 

.Vhile the children from the Redstone School were 
going through one of their Quadrilles in the large Ball 
Room, several Indians, walking in single file, came in and 
sat down to watch. 8MB, some cow girls came, dressed in 
their lovely fringed jackets of scft leather and wide brimmed 
hats and then a cowboy or two appeared. These unusual 
guests were from the Gene Autry Shew playing at Boston Garden 
and had just finished lunch. 

Week of October 29 - November h, 19$0 inclusive 

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Friday, November 3> 1950 (continued) 

i\fter matching the children dance for i while, the 
leader of the Indian said, "Let's all do a Friendship Dance!" 
so every one Joined hands m6 circled slowly around the hall. 
The Indians then showed one of their fiances, while one shouted 
in a lov; voice at rythmic intervals and another heat Mr. Paynes' 
sticks together in liew »f a drum. It was most interesting 
and full of historic significance and ?t times quite graceful 
and one hardly missed the full costumes and feathered head dresses. 

Saturday, November I, 19j0 Rain 

Our one bride of the day was I.'iss Margaret Cunniffe 
of '.i'altham. She was married to Mr. Herbert Loynd also of 
. althar.i at the Chapel at it o'clock. 

After the happy couple left, Rev. Corp of Sudbury, 
who officiated at the ceremony came to the Inn for Tea end 
chatted for a while with the hostesses. The interacting topic 
of conversation, naturually, was ttr. Copp's recent book "The 
Samoan Dance of Life" and how he lived when writing it. 

He discribed to us tie beautiful hues of the different 
types of coral, pink, blue, lavender and even shades of green, the 
soft-as-silk, .vhite sandy beaches and the tiny, quaint shack 
where he lived while doing his writing. Although the deep blue 
water is really too warm for bathing many people indulged in 
the sport but only in places where the sharp cutting coral has 
been removed or covered with sand. 

The weather was quite bearable, said Mr. Copp, except 
for the torential rains and the scenery is something he will 
never forget, especially trie beautiful golden red sunsets. 


Week of November 5 - 11, 1950 inclusive 

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Sunday, November 5, 1950 Cloudy 

A special bus was chartered to bring forty 
distinguished European bankers to the Inn for luncheon. 
After touring historic Lexington and Concord the group, 
under the direction of Mr, Ervin A. Hinds of the First 
National Bank of Boston, was seated in our large dining room 
near the fireplace. 

During the meal there was much chattering in 
many different languages - Spanish, French, German, Scandi- 
navian and English as a real Englishman speaks it. Then 
Miss Staples joined the group and explained the history of 
the Inn and answered questions. Some of the men compared 
the furniture and household utensils of early America with 
those used in their own countries during the same period. 
The gentleman from France wanted to hear about Lafayette's 
visit and the gentleman from Austria upon leaving, displayed 
an old and traditional European custom by kissing Kiss Staples' 
hand I 

Monday, November 6, 1950 Pleasant 

Very often the Inn is a refuge for the tired business 
man, a busy housewife who likes to have some one else do the 
cooking once in a while, or a member of the clergy who wants to 
get away from the cares and demands of a large parish. 

Today, Rev. Dana McLean Greeley came for luncheon 
with Mrs. Greeley and after lunch took a leisurely stroll through 
the house. Dr. Greeley is the minister of the Arlington Street 
Church in Boston and was delighted to be able to slip away into 
the country for a few hours. 

Tuesday, November 7, 1950 Pleasant 

Three years of yellow corn have been hung against 
the broad, panelled front door of the Inn suggestive of a 
warm welcome and the Harvest season. This hanging of corn 
in November is becomming as customary in New England as the 
display of a green wreath at Christmas time. Many have asked 
the significance of the corn, but we have had no authoritative 
word regarding its real meaning. Today, however, George 
Pearson, the poetical Bus driver and lecturer of the Gray Line 
came bouncing in with a poem about it. 


Week of November 5 - 11, 1950 inclusive 

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Tuesday, November 7, 1950 Pleasant 

^ This is what he himself wrote x 

Good harvest, my friend 

There is corn on the door 

Come now and again if you want any more 

We want you to come, to feel welcome and free 

Here you will find Hospitality 

Wednesday, November 8, 1950 Warm 

Cloudy skies which threatened to rain all day kept 
some people at home. But a few old friends ventured forth 
among them two elderly ladies and their chauffeur from Cam- 
bridge. After lunch Mrs. Dow, in her eighty-ninth year, said 
she enjoyed everything just as much as ever and promised to 
come again soon if the weather continued to be mild. 

Thursday, November 9, 1950 Mild and sunny 

"One autumn night in Sudbury town 
Across the meadows bare and brown, 
The windows of the Wayside Inn 
Gleamed red with firelight 
Shining through the leaves of woodbine 
Hanging from the eaves." 

describes beautifully the seasonal weather we are still Enjoy- 
ing. The colorful foliage is quickly fading but our guests 
still love to walk through "the meadows bare and brown" and 
the wooded areas surrounding us. Among these guests recently 
were the Turners, old friends of all the Inners, and their 
daughter, Alt a Ann and her husband. Perhaps you remember 
Alta Ann, the beautiful little girl with the golden hair, who 
would help Mr. Estabrook light the old-fashioned lamps in the 
^' evening? Cften she would repeat the lines of the poem" The 


"When I am stronger 
And am to choose what I'm to do, 
Oh, Leary, 1*11 go round at night 
And light the lamps with you." 


Week of November 5 - 11, 1950 inclusive 

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Friday, November 10, 195 Cool and Sunny 

, Today was a beautiful day for our young travellers 

to come and see the Inn. Two groups of children, 18 from 
the Belmont Dr$ r School and 9 Girl Scouts from Yfestboro spent 
almost all the morning touring the Inn and the Grounds. 

#ith t he group from tfestboro came little Brownie 
Brigette Erhardt from Germany. Her eyes were as bright as 
shiny apples when the story of Paul Revere was related to the 
group. For having been in the United States such a short 
time, Brigette understood practically every word Miss Fisher 
said as she took them through the Inn. 

Another interesting visitor was a woman doctor 
from Pakistan who was handsomely dressed in her native attire 
of white satin clacks with black coat trimmed with a beautiful 
dull rose binding. And about her neck she wore a soft pink 
scarf. Dr. (Mrs) A. K. Awan is furthering her studies in the 
medicinal field and is enjoying her first trip to the United 
States very Jiuch. 

Saturday, November 11, 19?C Ck>oi 

Armistice Day - - a quiet day indeed with the 
shadow of Korea hovering above us. A little over thirty 
years &r,o this was a day to remember - - parades, parties, 
celebrations. The end of all wars the political leaders 
had said. ...... dill there ever be a true armistice 


Week of November 12 - 18, 1950 inclusive 
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Sunday, November 12, 1950 Pleasant 

Luggage marked "United Nations, New York, U.S.A." 
aroused our curiosity this morning and we were pleased to 
discover after Breakfast that our overnight guest, Mr. E. R. 
Sayan is the Peruvian delegate. He and Mrs. Sayan talked a 
little about the work of the United Nations and among other 
things, Mr. Sayan said he felt that Peace was a long way 
off because "it is very hard to change people's way of 

Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. Stebbins and Mr. and Mrs. 
M. T. Hunting of Rochester, New York left this morning after 
a week-end visit. They attended the Exeter-Andover football 
game yesterday. Mr. Stebbins is a graduate of Phillips-Andover 
Academy and Mr. and Mrs. Hunting have a son attending this 
famous prep school at the present time. Exeter won the game! 

Monday, November 13, 1950 Pleasant - Cold 

As two young girls were about to order luncheon today, 
one of them mentioned the fact that she was from the Toll House 
in Whitman. She works in the gift shop of this famous eating 
place and said she had heard a good deal about the Wayside Inn 
and was very anxious to see it. After luncheon the girls spent 
some time going through the rooms and just as they were leaving 
the people from the Gray Line bus were coming in and Mr. Murray, 
the driver, greeted the other one of the girls, calling her by 
her first name. After chatting for a few minutes by the front 
door Mr. Murray came in and told us the young lady was Beatrice 
Alden from Duxbury, the tent.* descendant of John and Priscilla 
Alden and that she still lives in the house they built in the 
17th century. 

Tuesday, November lit, 1950 Pleasant 

Three elderly ladies -who introduced themselves as 
members of the Nichols family of Reading, were luncheon guests 
this noon. They were thankful for one more pleasant day before 
Winter closes in. "When Winter comes we have to stay in the 
house on account of slippery sidewalks" they said. 

Week of November 12 - 18, 19^0 inclusive 
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Tuesday, November lli, 19!>0 (continued) 

A recent guest was Mrs. Clifford 0, Perry of 
Danvers who said she was proposed to on our sofa in the 
Parlor. Said that Mr. Perry gave her the ring there. It 
was about twenty-eight years ago, in Mr. Lemon's time. 
Mr. Perry passed away some years ago, so Mrs. Perry was 
re-newing old memories in a lonely way. 

Wednesday, November 15, 19 £0 Pleasant 

Luncheon guests today were Prof, and Mrs. Jack* 
Dr. Jack was professor of raaval architecture at M.I.T., is 
now in his eighty- fourth year but^ although totally blind) 
seemed to enjoy being in the Inn and hearing his friends 
talk about it. 

Miss Fraser and her mother, perhaps our most 
frequent luncheon guests, came today, this time bringing 
a doll for which Kiss Fraser has been making clothes, sewing 
them all by hand. On the hutch table in the bar-room she 
proceeded to dress and undress the doll in every conceivable 
kind of a costume with bonnets to match, from a cosy baby 
bunting to a sun suit. It was a treat for all to see. 

Thursday, November 16, 1950 Cloudy 

Although breakfast is usually served from eight 
o'clock on in the morning, we had an early arrival this 
morning. Mr. McGregor, the squirrel), as the waitresses call 
him, sat pertly upon the bird food box on the tree outside 
the window and waited for service. The waitress quickly 
got a scrap of bread and went out to give it to falau Mr. 
McGregor, sitting with his bushy tail blowing in the breeze, 
gently took the offering from the girl's hand and scurried 
up the tree to the first branch where he sat for the next 
twenty minutes enjoying his delicious meal and prompt service, 

Week of November 12 - 18, 1950 inclusive 
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Friday, November 17, 1950 Sunny - Cool 

Early this morning a group of young children came 
to tour the house and the surrounding areas. Forty-five 
pupils from the Ward School of Newton Center entered the Inn 
promptly at 9»lf> and were taken through the house under the 
capable guidance of Miss Fisher. 

One of our hostesses, Miss Pomphrey, started on a 
week-end trip to New York also this morning. She plans to 
see a few high lights of the city, including the RCA Building, 
Rockefeller Center, and the Empire State Building. 

Saturday, November IS, 19^0 Rainy and Clearing 

Mrs. MacMillan will be arriving home soon from the 
Marlboro Hospital where she recently underwent an operation. 

Here at the Inn, we are still entertaining guests 
from all over the United States. Today we had representatives 
from California, Colorado, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, 
Rhode Island, Texas and Washington. 



»eek of Kovenber 19 - tfoveraber 23. 1950 inclusive 

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Sunday, Kovenber 19 f 1950 Pertly cloudy 

A forerunner of Thanksgiving Cay, cloudy nnd cold. And 
not aany 4 eo 1* dining out. Those ;ho c*ae die not chooeo Turkey 
for their dinner, saving their appetites for it until Thurad*^. 
$»ny chose an especially deleetwbie ieaon chiffon ^ie for dessert* 

A irory brice-ish looking young lody *;. peered at Breakfast 
tice. She Mi dressed in a block suit with white ermine collar 
md cuffs and regal white fur hnt. A white orchid .domed her cos- 
tuae. She wan tell end blonde. Bar husband, Kr. Suraei Walter, 
told us that he flrat csae to the Inn nine y<sr-r» %go nd • nted to 
return on hit honeyaoon. Re is connected with the Uusic de&pnrtaent 
of Boston Pniversity. 

Monday, Hoveaber 20, 1950 ? rtly cloudy 

A very kindly ften?4ea*n by the n&ae of Carlisle, sooke to 
•a recently About the terry Schools in Georgia nd said that be *tu6 
•> aeaber of the Beard of Governor*. R* told of Kr. Mid I2r*j. Ford 1 * 
interest in the ech^ol -.nd how they hsc contributed ■ $re?<t (Ml of 
aoney for no* buildings, let their wonderful heir «*o given in such 
a aodest n6 quiet w*y It is Known to \outJrel&tiveiy few people* 

Tuesday, Rovoeber 21 lv$fr ftain 

Vhst is aor« le sing to the nose th&n ^fae odor of a Thanks- 
giving turkejr being browned in the ev*n? Multiply that one turkey by 
sixteen asnd you heve *-ha total nuisber rotating theeseelwes In *»yside 
Inn evens todsy. ftdd the flavor of dr#*eing, bowls of cranberry essiice 
squash end onions, pIur -,-tidcsing nd ,ju«j kin pie «nd you h*ve a pretty 
good picture of wiar% our Thanksgiving dinner sill be like. 

Wednesday, »cvwrt>er 22 f 1950 Pine cant 

The weather am paxaalna* .1 s»nt d«y for the holiday 
and preparations ere going fnreerd M ssrve I turkey dinner to pt 
lw-st five hundred. r e ar* looting for I atelflnj &«ny of our old 

friends on the pm rv tion list. The Huckins fasti* art to be se at ed! 
in the old {fining rooa es usual. They - mother, father and daughter - 
haven't aisled one -Ajsldfc Thanksgiving in qvqt twenty ye*--rs. r iuite 
■ record. 


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Thursday, Hov*»b«r 13, 1 ¥*ry ple*;vnt 

The thought* brought to isind cy r,he ero«s of roasting 
turkeys and cielicious plun udding* finally becae* I reality tht» 
noon tine *hen •• ell sat rown to ■ eonderful turkey cl inner* 
fany old friends of the Inn bed their traditional dinner In the 
•like »tsK>§ph*re they all love so such. 

And throughout the house the bounties of t plentiful 
harvest wore gay and colorful in their attractive err-tngenents* 
Indl&n corn, red, r*d tpfl— t fMTplc cabbages, -hte tie grapes 

bright tangerine* - all added to the festive appnersnes- of thin day 
of thanks-giving. 

He thank God for tha tninsre *e enjoy this day for tomorrow 
*e stay be ithout then. 

Friday, Rovaaber 24, 1950 Cloudy 

Everyone survived the holiday hlch ne&nt herd work aa well 
as >l«ft*ure in ~sing of service to other 

Tod^y ■ cloud has eppe&red in the foraa of notificwtt/n bant 
the Inn ia to close on Sunday, December 3rd and sill not re-o, en until 
*edncad*y, April 4th, 1951. 

Recant guests >r*r# Kiss Anoliti Shapleigh *nd her companion 
fro* *es>t Lebanon, X int. They iiv* in the house fone^rly oaned by 
Ole Bull and *h*re hi? dsugnter 01e« lived for many ye**re. 

Saturday, Boveaber tf, 1950 Rain 

In the -nidat of * he^vy rind scd rrin atorm, Mica Tvonne 
J>& rbe of Kvrlboro eeorged a« a beautiful ne* bride* She looked 
lovely in her Ice-biua satin »o»n triisffiod ith tiny seed pearls and 
lace* A net finger-tip veil and crown adorned the lovely girl 1 a 
head through the reception and wording bre kf^at* The bridesmaids 
were dressed In blue valvet {;owns with Batching sdtts &nd c» ps* 
After toe *edding, bre^kf I at droiclng p*.s enjoyed in tJbe large Ball- 
room* Miss LaK-rbe is the d»u#hter of a prominent physician in 
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*'ee* of iovawber 26 - Decanter 3, 1950 Inclusive 

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und y, Hovotaber 26, 1950 Cloudy 

A *ind of net fturrie&ne force speeded oxxr guests to? 1 re 
their own hone* Inst •waning nhsre they sought shelter end conTort. 
4 ft!*- stsyed *nd oospore* the stem to the fsaous Hurricane of 199$ • 
L rge branches fell to the ground und In «oa» places whole tree* 
were uprooted. The electric lights flickered end rent out *hiie 
hostesses rushed for c ndl*r nd n tehee • (toe guest tried to cheer 
the others by ««gring he ,u«»aed the Inn M eafe after standing 
through two hundred -nd fifty years of upredict*sble Hew lYigLsnd 

Thie nomine *M* ifl "nil and no -articular daange mm don*, 
ioside or out* 

Monday, iovenber 27, 1990 Cloudy 

A surprise *rty *M given Krs. Lester A. Cliiflin of 
Korthboro thit avening by i thoughtful husbtnd «ho | l^raied every 
detail hinself* He srrsmged en Old Kitchen dinner *utd invited 
ten friends* Th* oce>Bio« *r?i» Sr". Claflin 1 ^ blrthdr.y. r hen nhe 

rrived the gueeta were huddled in a d* ; rfc corner of the Kitchen 
re»dy to spring their surprise Hello* It worked* 

Tuesday, Rovenber 28, 1950 rtly cloudy 

The ennounceasnt r*.e »?cf in mmy of the Boston pepers 
on Sunday shout the dosing of the Inn. Today ccvor? ■•! of our 
old friends have c*ll*d on the pfeejas to fet farther details* A 
photographer fro«i the Boston Post arrived this afternoon to toko 
& ale tare* 

ir. *nd Mrs. P. B. 0« Toole celebrated their 25th -eddlng 
anniversary st the Inn thia evening by having dinner in *-h# old 
dining roon* They ere a hendsone aiddle-aged couple who condut 
very successful florist boeinese is ~#lt&e*. Bra. 0* Toole j ffls j ft s, to 
the Inn quite regularly ior s few d*y& r«at fuic rolesation* 

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*•* of Hovewber 26 - December 3, 1950 inclusive 

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Teduesd^y, Bovaaber 29, 1950 Floasaftt 

* srur^nao not* cnee this soraing froa one of our TflMiilrff- 
j/iving dinner *ue>t», & iirs. r -,h ? r-shley *ho s j sl WS fro» 
Corcbftfter - **e wish to express our th&nka for our ple< s^nt visit 

h you m I'hrnkSfivinff Day. ^e all <rajoy»d the pfivft&ftgt of using 
the house as a hose, aa w»il m Use delicious dinner. Thank you ftfeia 
from six of us". 

Thursday, November 30, 1950 Cloudy *&d cold 

The end of Rovamber. It surely i>t*ls as If Slater seins right 
•j. on us. The tree« *re b^rc and the once bright, ^rem gram* h?- • fa 
touched by frost reminding us I :>on enow will be falling upon the 

olf Inn. 

Rev. Douglas C. Horse of Brookfi«id, fe- ws. G««ie for lunch 
today and ith him »«re his wife end two youn^ blonde-haired bays, just 
full of rascality. Rev. Morse is i former Ifcyslde Irn School boy 
is no* minister of the Unit* r inn Church in Brookfield. 

juittle l«?di«« n^ f;entl»mer. of the 1 ry t'»b School c*aae todny 
for their laet dancing cl** r < before the Inn closes. 8*ny of the lunch^ 
eon quests enjoyed tching them. 

Friday, December 1, 1950 Mi 

Thirty aipils irom the ^eliesley public school - 1st ,rr*de • 
visited the tan todcy and mam guided threrogh the reoar ty Miss 
71 >shnr. 

"** should like to record something Mid by gfsl of MF 0PM*» 
nigat r.ueats, Kr. £*l%nay, ho baa b*»**n a to ping her* about sJMsa ■ Baajfft 
f^r %b* pattt torn sooths- 2* stids "I lAvsja feel e4 how* h<*re. Can't 
sj^y aors or nay tt*. lag betWr than r.hnt. Ion can't go aafWal v "«5 Htaaf*« 

Miafe December 2, 1950 *9 

lis* Fisher e*ae In MsU ■**» l*dem -ith Olftif J M l gifts. I at* 
a** 1 !? *• >U thought, but %heu eh* •**.!« invd »*>« had been t$f»iajg Mth 
9rs. Bowker in Worcester, ** understood. IfUlIf Mr . S»mjc*r castes *» 
Chriitaoc lt>j with gift* for her friends «t the Inn, but beee-as* ••• *r* 
closing she had Miss Fisher deliver them t9T hsr. 

BttBday f Cec*«b«r 3, 1950 Fbttfjsttt 


Tho Inn is daing tod^y - rafter the l«.at gue^t has u*f*irt*d - 

•Bd eiU not re-open until ?.jrll A, 1951 •